Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya on Monday launched the first of 524 Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) network sites as part of the company’s ‘081everyone1’ project in Okahandja.

The project involves setting up 524 new base transceiver stations across all 14 regions of Namibia over a two-year period.

It aims to have 100 per cent population coverage to facilitate development through information and communication technology-driven programmes expected to bridge inequality gaps in Namibian communities.

Switching on the Kaibasen Network Mast at the Nau-Aib residential area, Tweya said the only way to unlock economic opportunities for development and sustainable reality is when there is leverage as well as equitable access to network connectivity across the board.

“When there is a situation where we have unequal network access within the borders of Namibia, it demonstrates discrimination to the rights of people towards access to communication,” said Tweya.

He added that the project also seeks to redress the long held untenable state of affairs which have put rural areas at a less advantaged position when it comes to access to quality networks, mobile connectivity, broadband accessibility and access to the information superhighway.

Speaking at the same event, MTC Board Chairperson Elvis Nashilongo said although the current communication infrastructure in the country are reasonable, there is still more to be done to ensure that everyone has network coverage.