Namibia Communications - 2021


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Telephones - fixed lines

total subscriptions: 139,698

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 5.41 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 125

Telephones - mobile cellular

total subscriptions: 2,823,655

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 109.39 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 142

Telecommunication systems

general assessment:

good competition in mobile market and investment in LTE government program to provide 95% of population with broadband by 2024; 5G delayed due to public concerns of privacy and security; high prices for international bandwidth due to lack of submarine cables, yet improved by diversification of satellite access (2021)


domestic: fixed-line subscribership is 6 per 100 and mobile-cellular 113 per 100 persons (2019)

international: country code - 264; landing points for the ACE and WACS fiber-optic submarine cable linking southern and western African countries to Europe; satellite earth stations - 4 Intelsat (2019)

note: the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally; since 2020, some aspects of the telecom sector have experienced downturn, particularly in mobile device production; many network operators delayed upgrades to infrastructure; progress towards 5G implementation was postponed or slowed in some countries; consumer spending on telecom services and devices was affected by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes; the crucial nature of telecom services as a tool for work and school from home became evident, and received some support from governments

Broadcast media

1 private and 1 state-run TV station; satellite and cable TV service available; state-run radio service broadcasts in multiple languages; about a dozen private radio stations; transmissions of multiple international broadcasters available

Internet country code


Internet users

total: 1,291,944

percent of population: 51% (July 2018 est.)

country comparison to the world: 134

Broadband - fixed subscriptions

total: 63,314

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 2.45 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 133

NOTE: The information regarding Namibia on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Namibia 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Namibia 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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