Namibia lifts rules for new telecom entrants

Telecoms

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has proposed to lower barriers for new entrants so that they can offer a wider range of communication services without unnecessary duplication of infrastructure. According to New Era, CRAN further intends to implement infrastructure sharing regulations, which will provide for passive and active infrastructure sharing, in order to create a level playing field between existing licensees.

CRAN CEO Jochen Traut said as the regulator of the sector it is CRAN's role to establish ground rules and practical conditions in which competitive, private and public enterprises can invest in the market.

Traut added that infrastructure sharing has a myriad of advantages for the ICT industry. Reduction in capital and operational investment requirements for infrastructure investments, lowering environmental impact and energy requirements, creation of a new revenue stream, the release of capital for strategic investments and new services and decreased barriers to market entry for new players were said to be among the advantages in infrastructure sharing.

CRAN's fundamental objective is to see that the ICT market continues to develop, expand and reach more Namibian citizens while offering greater choice of services, greater customer choice, consumer satisfaction, offers fair pricing and promotes competition, added Traut.

Source: Telecompaper 4 June 2015