Telecom Namibia has launched unlimited broadband service at up to 120Mbps in certain parts of the country. The new service is called Speedlink LitePlus and there are flexible packages ranging from 15 Mbps to 120 Mbps. Most areas in Namibia currently have fixed broadband speeds of up to 10 Mbps and 4G mobile broadband of speeds of up to 100 Mbps. The country’s largest communication backbone network operator also announced that its Speedlink broadband customers are in for a major upgrade, as the company boosts broadband speeds by up to two times for free.
The company first made free speed upgrades for all of its customers in May 2012 with the commissioning of the West Africa Cable System (WACS). Using fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband technology, the 120 Mbps download and 40 Mbps upload Speedlink LitePlus service will be available immediately for households and businesses at Maerua Mall in Windhoek, the Swakopmund CBD area and the Omeya Residential and Golf Estate, with plans to gradually expand the service to other towns and business districts in the country.
A nine-month user trial of FTTP broadband connectivity to homes was conducted at the Omeya Residential and Golf Estate, some 30 kilometres south of Windhoek, to test the service and ensure stability and reliability for customers. The trial, which ran from December 2013 to 30 August, involved 30 homes and the results showed that the service is capable of speeds of up to 120 Mbps, setting a new internet speed benchmark in the country.