MTC offers subsidised laptops to Namibian Students

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Mobile operator MTC is offering students and staff members at the University of Namibia and the Polytechnic laptops at highly subsidised rates inclusive of broadband Internet access through MTC’s 3G/HSDPA network.

Students participating in the laptop campaign need to be in good standing with their institutions and should not owe outstanding tuition or other related fees to the University or the Polytechnic.

Dubbed “ConnectED” the programme offers to UNAM and Polytech student/staff a new Lenovo N500 Cel notebook and 3GB instant broadband units for only N$3,999 (US$402). A monthly fee of N$50 (US$5) provides an additional data allowance of 300MB.

MTC’s Managing Director, Miguel Geraldes, said the laptop initiative is part of MTC’s ICT development plan for the education sector to equip every higher learning student with the means to improve ICT literacy and build a solid foundation for a knowledge-based society.

“In addition to the subsidisation of laptops to students at UNAM and Polytechnic, MTC is also investing heavily in equipping each of the 1 000-plus primary schools in the country with laptops,” Geraldes stated.

The company says the rollout plan to primary schools will be communicated in due course. The company said it continues to be a major player in sports sponsorship in the country but is gradually shifting its attention to the education sector, particularly in areas where it can make a significant and lasting impact through its core competencies, which are mobile telephony and ICT.

The company would also continue to play a major role in sports sponsorship in the country but would gradually shift its attention to the education sector, “particularly in those areas where it can make a significant and lasting impact through its core competencies which are mobile telephony and ICT”.

The Namibia Economist