Paratus expands its Mobile LTE network to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund

Windhoek, Namibia – 07 August 2019: Paratus Namibia announced the completion of the initial phase of its National Mobile-LTE rollout plan.  Paratus will be launching LTE in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund this week.

Paratus has invested in its very own independent Mobile-LTE network to be able to offer both consumers and businesses an alternative to current offerings. By in-dependent, it means Paratus infrastructure from end-to-end and not being reliant on any other service provider in the country. After the completion of the Trans Kalahari Fiber (TKF) connected directly to WACS in Swakopmund and extending to Buitepos border to the east of Namibia, Paratus was able to offer customers higher capacity at far more affordable prices. “We have also established more network redundancy to international traffic out of the country delivering a reliable and redundant service,” says Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall. “Paratus currently offers one of the most affordable rates on data top-ups at merely N$15 per giga-byte. With the launch of our Mumwe product, a first of its kind in Namibia, we are now able to allow our customers to tap into one centralised data pool from multiple technologies using either Mobile-LTE, Fixed-LTE, Fiber or a WiMAX connection,” he explains. Paratus has deployed its own Fiber network in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund and can now also provide Wi-MAX services to both towns. “The expansion of our Mobile-LTE network to the coast provides our customers with the option of enjoying the same great service, even when travelling away from home,” he concluded.
For more information contact any one of the two outlets at the coast. The Paratus office in Walvis Bay is situated on the corner Hanna Mupetami and Moses Garoeb Street and can be reached by phone on +264 83 300 1850.
TV Link is an official Paratus reseller in Swakopmund and is situated in the Tivoli Building at 27 Libertina Amathila Avenue and can be reached by phone on +264 64 406 097.

Paratus bridges the West coast and the East coast of Africa
A route that would normally take more than 60 hours to drive with a car, can now be done in about 31 milli-seconds on the new Paratus Africa fiber network that stretches from the West coast to the East coast of Africa.
The Trans-Kalahari Fiber (TKF) network extends 4160 kilometres from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) cable landing station in Swakopmund to the EASSY cable landing station in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Moreover, the route is under one single Autonomous System Number (ASN), a feat that has been eluding most African operators.
The fiber network inter-connects with selected operators in various countries en route to ensure reliability in the overall management of the fiber network across the continent. Paratus Group COO Schalk Erasmus says this project is part of Paratus Africa’s aggressive infrastructure expansion strategy with Nimbus Infrastructure. “Nimbus Infrastructure is a Paratus Africa strategic partner and a significant shareholder in Paratus Namibia.” Paratus started with construction of the cable route from Windhoek to Swakopmund in 2017 and at the end of April 2018, completed the second-phase route from Windhoek to the Botswana border. Part of the capital used for this project through Namibia was funded by Nimbus Infrastructure.
“This is a huge milestone and a massive achievement. We can now deliver WACS capacity to land-locked countries in which we have operational branches including Botswana and Zambia,” he says. Operators on both the east and west coast of Africa are dependent on undersea cable access and when outages occur, are mostly reliant on alternative cables on the same side of the continent.
Erasmus says this new route will allow operators to think differently about their requirements for diverse routes within and around the African continent.
“Paratus Africa will continue to extend fiber routes with own infrastructure builds in order to maintain up-time, reliability and scalability to its clients, should there be any degradation in service levels.
We believe that the fiber optic network provides high-quality reliability and scalability with high access speeds to contend with the demand on bandwidth. We certainly want to take advantage of the countless opportunities in Africa and we’re therefore engaging other land-locked nations to leverage our fiber backbone and WACS capacity,” he concludes.

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