Namibia’s FTTH Paratus to carry out major network upgrade to LTE this November

Paratus Telecom Group

Namibians should brace themselves for faster internet connection should the country’s Fiber to the Home (FTTH) internet service provider Paratus, carry out the network upgrade slated for November 2018.

Andrew Hall, the chief customer service manager at Paratus told a section of the media that the planned network upgrade had been delayed severally due to manufacturing delays and deliverables. But now, everything has been sorted, and the ISP is ready to embark on the network upgrade this November.

Hall says the planned upgrade will eliminate the network inconsistencies that has been bedeviling their network in addition to improving efficiency.

Once all upgrades are complete, Paratus will be able to offer customers better LTE connectivity.”

He further reiterated the need for Paratus to remain at the front of technology advancement, in order to provide good service to its customers. While remaining in a position of strong financial standing.

We have been planning the upgrades for quite some time, during which various lab tests were carried out. Meticulous planning is crucial when implementing in a live environment, as to not disrupt any service delivery to our clients.”

Paratus launched its FTTH services in November 2016 in Namibia. By October 2017, it has acquired operational licenses across 22 countries in Africa including Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana, and Angola. In February this year, Nimbus Infrastructure Ltd. acquired a 26.5% stake at Paratus operation in Namibia for N$95 million.

The Paratus Telecom Group CEO, Barney Harmse, says the company’s end-to-end solution is completely devoid of and independent of any third-party infrastructure. That is the competitive edge Paratus has over its competitors in the local market.

The planned upgrade will cost the telecom an estimated R150 million, which was part of the infrastructure development fund allocated between 2016 and 2019. Out of this fund, R100 million will go towards investment in fibre networks.

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