MWEB TO CHALLENGE TELECOM NAMIBIA’S MONOPOLY ON ADSL

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M-Web is launching a legal challenge to Telecom Namibia's monopoly over the ADSL infrastructure in the country.

However, Chairman of the Namibia Communications Commission (NCC), David Imbili, last week confirmed that the Commission granted M-Web a licence to operate WiMAX services. Imbili tried to distance the NCC from the upcoming court battle between M-Web and Telecom Namibia. "Telecom claims to have a monopoly on ADSL, but the dispute between the two companies has nothing to do with the NCC," he said.

If M-Web had a technology-neutral licence it would be able to offer broadband irrespective of whether it was using ADSL, Wi-MAX or any other technology. Incumbent Telecom Namibia remains one of the better protected Government-owned telcos on the continent.

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