NamPower and Paratus Africa sign agreement for telecommunication services

NamPower has signed the Gridonline contract with Paratus Africa which will provide access to its national optical wire network here on Monday.

Paratus is a multinational organisation and has established a prolific network across Africa.

It has operational offices in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique South Africa and Zambia amongst others and further provides connectivity services to more than twenty countries through an extensive partner network.

Speaking at the event, Paratus Africa Chief Executive Officer (CEO),Barney Harmse said the project continues its investment strategy in being first to include access into the Gridonline in strategic locations in order to extend both its national fibre coverage as well as implementing redundancy for its routes in and across Namibia.

Harmse added that they have been doing extensive construction and testing since last year.

We completed access into the Van Eck (Windhoek) and Swakopmund sub-stations months ago and have already commenced construction into Zambezi and Walvisbay sub-stations the CEO said.

The constructions phase was costly exercise to implement and forms part of Paratus Africa's investment strategy into infrastructure across the African Continent.

It is now able to provide active service level agreement option with99.8% and 99.9% uptime dependent on customer budget Harmse said.

On his part, NamPower Managing Director (MD) KahengeSimsonHaulofu said the launch of the Gridonline in March signalled the opening of NamPower spare fibre capacity on its fibre optic network to licensed telecommunication service providers.

He added that NamPower is honoured to welcome it's first customer to the online network by signing the agreement with Paratus Africa.

The service offering from the Gridline is one the most important enablers for the Information Communication Technology sector in Namibia.

It is our responsibility to make these services equally accessible to everyone, as upholding a levelled playing field for all stakeholders is very important to us Haulofu said.

This services by NamPower is supported by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) as part of infrastructure sharing and as required by the Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN).

Source: Namibia Press Agency