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Namibian company invests millions into network infrastructure

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Jenna Delport
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Namibia company invests millions into network infrastructure
Namibian based company, Paratus Africa, has invested millions in order to extend its national fibre coverage.

On Tuesday, 30 July 2019, Paratus Africa and Nampower announced plans to launch The GridOnline — this collaboration is set to commercialise Namibia’s national optic fibre network and provide access to its national Optical Ground Wire (OPGW).

In 2018, Paratus Africa secured access into The GridOnline in strategic locations in order to extend both its national fibre coverage as well as implementing redundancy for its routes in and across Namibia.

The company says it was crucial to ensure that the interconnection between the two organisations was functioning optimally before active traffic could be carried across the various routes. 

Paratus Africa CEO, Barney Harmse says, “We completed access into the Van Eck (Windhoek) and Swakopmund sub-station months ago. We went through an extensive and vigorous test phase. We have already commenced construction into the Zambezi (Caprivi) and Walvis Bay sub-stations. The Walvis Bay sub-station is ironically also named Paratus”.

The construction phases are said to have cost millions to implement and form part of Paratus Africa’s investment strategy into infrastructure across the African continent. 

“We would not have been able to achieve this milestone without the continued support of our partners, resellers and esteemed corporate customers. We value your support and show our appreciation through continuously reinvesting in Africa and especially focusing on more ICT infrastructure,” says Harmse.

“The fibre expansion in the rest of our operations across Africa is also steaming ahead at a rapid pace and we pride ourselves in quality builds. It is crucial to note that we do things right the first time; there simply is not enough time to go back and fix sub-standard construction,” he concludes.

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