FIERCE SCRAMBLE FOR EXTRA CELLPHONE LICENCE IN NAMIBIA

Telecoms

More than 20 companies have applied for the one extra cellphone license that the Namibian Communication Commission (NCC) plans to issue later this year. The scramble for the extra provider license comes amid increasing complaints about poor service from the Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC), a monopoly owned by the Namibian Government and Swedish investors.

MTC said in an interview last month that reception problems that had dogged it since last year would begin to ease this month, but customers this weekend insisted that their frustrations persist. NCC Chairman, David Imbili, said 22 companies had already applied for the license despite the fact that the closing date was not yet known and that an amendment to the communication law had not yet been passed by Parliament.The closing date is likely to be announced in the next few weeks and is likely to be in June.

MTC’s research indicates that the Namibian market can generate more than 600,000 cellphone users before it reaches saturation.

The Namibian