Pan-African telecommunications operator Paratus Telecoms has connected residents in the Finkenstein estate, east of Windhoek, with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) – a first in Namibia.
The developers of Finkenstein Manor and Finkenstein Village have partnered with Paratus Telecom to create the first-ever Namibian digital village, providing each home with a gateway to the digital age.
Paratus Telecoms has already started to deploy fibre to 550 homes and will be providing an all-inclusive turnkey service solution to residents.
Speaking from his Botswana office, Paratus Telecoms group CEO Barney Harmse said residents would now be able to enjoy value-added broadband services and connectivity solutions over a state-of-the-art fibre-optic network.
He noted that this was the first FTTH deployment in Africa for a privately-owned Pan-African operator, built on own infrastructure.
"The entire solution is an end-to-end solution from Paratus Telecom, completely independent of any third-party infrastructure. Looking forward, we plan to invest a total of more than R150-million on infrastructure in Namibia over the next three years, of which R100-million will be invested in fibre infrastructure,” Harmse explained.
Finkenstein Village and Manor developer Gerdus Burmeister said the fibre infrastructure would eventually be deployed to more than 1 000 homes.
"Compared to any other connectivity medium, fibre reigns supreme.
"Due to its inherent speed, capacity and reliability, fibre will now enable us to implement a fully comprehensive access control and security solution which will include closed-circuit television on the estate – one of our primary objectives. Residents will now also be able to enjoy access to triple-play connectivity including voice, video and data solutions," he added.