CRAN starts Namibia’s spectrum auction

07 March 2023

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has begun the auctioning process for radio frequency spectrum in the 700MHz (684MHz-790MHz) and 800MHz (790MHz-862MHz) bands to be used for the roll out of 4G and 5G.

These spectrum bands will be utilized by telecommunications service licensees to provide 4G and/or 5G mobile services in Namibia and to fulfil specific rollout obligations.

“All bidders are required to submit a detailed business case, inclusive of rollout plans for the next three years aimed at expanding broadband connectivity in regions with less than 80% 4G population coverage to meet the national objective of 80% population coverage,” said CRAN acting CEO Katrina Sikeni.

Expanding broadband services by licensees will improve the quality of telecommunications services and inclusivity for Namibians living in unserved and underserved areas at prescribed broadband speeds and quality of service minimum parameters.

“The spectrum to be assigned will be utilized for mobile services, providing broadband services with a download speed of not less than 20Mbps to ensure meaningful connectivity,” said Sikeni. “This will enable schools to have sufficient network connectivity, to provide online teaching lessons,” she added.