Namibia: CRAN grants permission for new mobile operators

17 August 2017


The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has granted permission to new entrants to set up shop and compete with MTC and TN Mobile, Newera reported. Competition could come from MTN, which together with two other entities has a licence to compete. MTN said that MTN Business Namibia is always exploring new opportunities, and mobile services are part of these considerations.  

CRAN granted new licences recently, which expands the number to 57 licences. There are 34 broadcasting service licensees and 23 telecommunication services licensees. MTN has held a licence through Namibian subsidiary MTN Business Solutions for the past 20 years. A new licence has now been issued to MTN Business Solutions, which is 30 percent owned by Namibian shareholders, as per CRAN regulations. The shareholding is owned by Profile Technologies, a company belonging to businessman Vaino Nghipondoka. The other two entities with licences for mobile voice and data are Demshi Investment and Paratus Telecommunications. 

These are the licensees who may compete with MTC and Telecom Namibia in fixed and mobile voice and data services nationally and internationally, and who hold the required number licences, spectrum licences, or have entered into an infrastructure sharing agreement that allow them to work as a virtual operator. In addition to the ten commercial radio broadcasting licences renewed for five more years, CRAN awarded three new commercial radio and two new commercial TV broadcasting licences in June.

Source: Telecom Paper