from MTHULISI SIBANDA in Cape Town, South Africa
CAPE TOWN – MOBILE Telecommunications Limited (MTC), Namibia’s largest mobile operator, has launched a comprehensive fibre internet and digital Cloud computing services to spearhead digital transformation in the Southern African country.
It anticipated the services to be made available as of March next year would deliver secure and reliable business solutions to government, public and private enterprises.
MTC Namibia has collaborated with the Chinese global firm, Huawei to provide the services.
Elvis Nashilongo, Chairperson of the MTC Board, said rolling out the
services with Huawei would enable MTC to to maintain its position in the market.
“Our clients and customers will remain the winners as we are embarking upon another road of digital transformation, MTC will help enterprises deliver a successful digital transformation,” Nashilongo said at the launch at AfricaCom in Cape Town.
MTC Secure Cloud service is an additional range to the company’s products and services’ portfolio which will facilitate, manage and offer enterprises a smooth and shielded access to the digital space at an effective cost, officials said.
MTC’s IT General Manager, Patrick Mushimba, indicated that digital migration was leading to the phasing out of physical data infrastructure.
“Generally, it is becoming more difficult and expensive to keep up with the growing storage needs, whilst correspondingly needing to establish disaster recovery system thereto and for an enterprise to setup, an entire data center could be double the cost if not quadruple the cost of hosting these in the cloud,” Mushimba said.
MTC was established in 1994, then as the only cellular provider in Namibia at that time.
It was established as a joint venture between the Namibian government, Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings , Telia and Swedfund.
With 2 million customers, it has network coverage of 95 percent, with plans to reach 100 percent by 2020.
Engelbrecht Nawatiseb, the Namibian Deputy ICT Minister, said MTC had “broken new ground” with the introduction of fibre internet and digital Cloud computing services.
– CAJ News