CABINET this week approved the awarding of Namibia’s second cellular phone licence to Powercom (Pty) Limited.
The granting of the licence to Powercom follows recommendations by the Namibian Communications Commission.
Powercom is a joint venture between power utility NamPower and Telenor, a Norwegian communications, IT and media company.
Both NamPower and the country’s sole existing cellphone company, Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), are wholly owned by Government, and it means the two parastatals would be in direct competition.
In September 2004, the NCC revealed that only two out of more than 20 firms and individuals that had shown interest in running Namibia’s second cellular phone network had applied for the licence.
The two that were in the running were Powercom and ZDE of China.