Ongos Connect, Paratus sign smart deal

Paratus will be the technology partner to bring fibre connectivity to over 11 000 new residents in Ongos Valley, Namibia’s first 'smart city' development.

17 November 2021 | Infrastructure

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK

Paratus Namibia and Ongos Connect last week signed a commercial connectivity agreement, confirming that Paratus will be the technology / infrastructure partner to bring fibre connectivity to over 11 000 new residents in Ongos Valley, Namibia’s first smart city development.

The agreement is the conclusion of a two-year planning process during which time Paratus has been working on building the infrastructure (the point of presence and backhauls) to provide the necessary fibre connectivity for residents.

As part of the agreement, all Ongos Valley residents will receive 1 GB of free data per month for the first five years of residence.

Info superhighway

At the signing ceremony, Ongos Connect managing director Americo de Almeida stressed the need to connect every home to fibre, saying it is the only way for Ongos Valley to be a truly smart city.

“The very essence of a smart city is connectivity. The Covid-19 pandemic has amplified the need to have reliable connectivity with each other and with the world.

“The ability for children to access educational information from the comfort of their homes is important.

“Our choice of partner in delivering that connectivity was therefore key and the reason why we have been working with Paratus for the past couple of years.

“We look forward to working with Paratus in the next phase of building the commercial and support services sector of the Ongos Valley vision,” he said.

Paratus Namibia MD Andrew Hall said: “After two years of working on this with Ongos Connect during the construction phase, we are now excited to be able to announce the collaboration officially.

“We are proud to have been selected as the partner of choice in delivering an unlimited, high speed, secure and quality connection to Ongos Valley residents.

“And this is just the beginning of an exciting journey. Ongos Valley is the future and we’re delighted to be part of that future.”

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