CRAN awards City of Windhoek with a Class Comprehensive Telecommunications Service License

CRAN awards City of Windhoek with a Class Comprehensive Telecommunications Service License
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The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has upheld its decision to award the City of Windhoek with a Class Comprehensive Telecommunications Service License.
CRAN Chairperson, Mihe Gaomab, announced the decision is effective from 24 July 2020.
The decision follows a public hearing undertaken by CRAN this month, on the application for reconsideration submitted by Paratus Telecommunications in May 2020.
Gaomab said members of the public raised critical issues and an analysis of the comments submitted demonstrated that stakeholders, in this case, other licenses, are concerned that the award of a license to the council allows it to enter the telecommunications fiber market and participate therein and further that council will enjoy preference to land rights.
On this, Gaomab said CRAN upholds its decision to grant the license with additional conditions.
He said, after careful consideration CRAN upholds its decision of 29 April 2020, that it shall impose additional license conditions to address stakeholder comments to ensure fair competition, infrastructure sharing, as this will result in overall lower costs of infrastructure development by other licenses and thus translate into lower prices for the telecommunications end-consumer.
Gaomab further stressed that the awarding of a license to the Windhoek City, will increase access to telecommunications and advanced information services at just reasonable and affordable prices.