Namibia's Communications Regulatory Authority (CRAN) is set to auction the 3.5 GHz spectrum band for the implementation of 5G networks, following the approval of 5G deployment by the Namibian government. The decision aligns with the spectrum management regulatory framework and roadmap outlined in the 2022-2024 spectrum assignment strategy. To fulfill the requirements for 5G, higher frequencies above 3.5 GHz are essential.

CRAN announced that the auction process will cater to the significant interest shown by multiple parties seeking to utilize the 3.5 GHz frequency band. The regulator emphasized that this move will play a crucial role in facilitating the growth of innovative services and technologies throughout the country. Details regarding the auction process and timelines will be provided in due course, and stakeholders are advised to stay updated through CRAN's official channels.

Namibia's progress towards 5G technology positions the country to join the ranks of other African nations, such as Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria and Botswana, that have already introduced 5G services. Namibia's largest mobile operator, Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) Limited, has expressed readiness to deploy 5G services, having upgraded its network infrastructure in anticipation of the lifting of the country's existing moratorium on 5G technology.

The decision to lift the moratorium was greatly influenced by the recognition of 5G as a key enabler for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Namibia had initially imposed the moratorium due to unfounded conspiracy theories linking 5G networks to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the next generation of mobile internet connection, 5G offers faster download rates and opens up opportunities for transformative applications and services.

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