Unam students countrywide can now access Internet at their convenience on and off campus

WINDHOEK: University of Namibia (Unam) students countrywide can now access the Internet at their convenience on and off campus.

This was made possible through a partnership between Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) and Unam.

The two entities officially launched a WI-FI provisioning partnership for the university’s campuses at the main campus in the capital yesterday.

The local area wireless technology (WI-FI) at all Unam campuses already commenced in March this year, and a total of 10 000 users have so far made use of this technology.

Speaking during the launch, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Joel Kaapanda commended MTC for being driven by commercial interests, but also fulfilling its social responsibility by not only providing digital services at all Unam campuses, but also making it available for students anywhere as long as they are on MTC’s network.

However, students have to pay N.dollars 500 per year to access the Internet.

The minister said access to Internet at the convenience of students will essentially improve research and development at that institution of higher learning.

It also raises hopes towards the effective educational planning and execution of university programmes, and creates an opportunity for innovation.