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Broadcasting sector revenue dips

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (Cran) says the broadcasting sector has experienced a 6% decline since last year.

In a statement released by Cran spokesperson Katrina Sikeni, the authority says advertisement revenue has also experienced a substantial decline of 26%, compared to the last quarter of 2022.

“Pay television (TV) subscription exhibited an overall increase of 10%, with digital terrestrial TV leading the way by recording a 34% increase.

“A further review of the media survey of 2022 revealed that Kati FM (NBC Oshiwambo), Kaisames FM (NBC Nama/Damara) and Shipi FM are the most preferred radio stations in the respective order of popularity,” the statement says.

The auhtority says respondents to the survey revealed that their primary reasons for listening to the radio is to obtain news updates, enjoy talk shows and experience companionship.

“The mobile telecommunications sector experienced a contraction in the number of subscribers. This indicates a decrease in the total number of individuals or entities actively utilising mobile services,” the statement reads.

The authority says fixed-line subscriptions remained stable without any significant fluctuation.

“Fibre connection is gaining momentum, which may be as a direct result of the expansion of the fibre network infrastructure, especially in urban areas.

“The revenue generated from data, voice and SMS services experienced a slight contraction, while the sectors’ investment displays volatility, exhibiting fluctuations over time,” it says.

According to Cran, post offices across the country have witnessed modest growth of 3%.

“There has been a significant increase of 55% in the utilisation of post boxes,” it says.

Cran says Namibia has observed a 6% increase in population coverage for 4G services.

“Despite this positive trend, the three regions with the lowest coverage are Kavango (59%), Omaheke (57%) and Kunene (41%) the statement says.

Cran says growth in some areas is mainly attributed to the substantial investments in infrastructure made by operators in recent years.

The authority says one notable example of this is the implementation of MTC’s ‘081-Everyone’ project, which started in 2019.