Welcome to the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). CRAN regulates telecommunication services and networks, including broadcasting, postal services, and the full radio spectrum.
Established in terms of the Communications Act (No. 8 of 2009) on 18 May 2011, CRAN are an independent regulator. CRAN replaced the Namibia Communications Commission which was operational from 1992 until 2008.
Since then, CRAN has issued 40 telecommunications service licenses, providing a wide variety of services throughout Namibia.
CRAN also created the right environment for the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) switchover process and CRAN formulated a comprehensive frequency-channelling plan, now used as a benchmark in SADC.
CRAN reached a major milestone when CRAN ensured that 120% mobile penetration rate in the country was reached. CRAN facilitated the extension and digitising of ICT infrastructure, and the introduction of fourth-generation (LTE) technology in Namibia.
CRAN is also working towards the implementation of a study’s results allowing consumers to move from one network to another with ease.
Our stakeholders include the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (www.mict.gov.na), the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (www.crasa.org) and ITU, set up by the United Nations, governing information and communication technology (www.itu.int).
Access, quality and affordability for all.
To regulate the ICT and Postal sector for the socio-economic benefit of all Namibians.
The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) was established in terms of the Communications Act (No. 8 of 2009) on 18 May 2011 and is mandated to regulate telecommunication services and networks, broadcasting services, postal services and the use and allocation of radio spectrum.
CRAN is an independent regulator established under section 4 of the Communications Act (No.8 of 2009) to regulate, supervise and promote the provision of telecommunications services and networks, broadcasting, postal services and the use and allocation of radio spectrum in Namibia. CRAN replaced the previous regulator, the Namibia Communications Commission, which was operational from 1992 until 2008.
Since its inception, CRAN issued 41 telecommunications service licenses, providing a wide array of services throughout Namibia. CRAN also established a firm regulatory framework for the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) switchover process and formulated a comprehensive frequency-channelling plan, which other SADC regulators are using to benchmark.
CRAN reached another milestone when it ensured that 120% mobile penetration rate in the country was reached. This was achieved because there is an established regulatory framework that creates an environment that promotes fair competition. CRAN also facilitated the extension and digitising of the ICT infrastructure, and the introduction of the 4th generation (LTE) technology in the country.
CRAN also completed the study on numbering plan and number portability for Namibia. Once implemented, consumers can move from one network to another with ease.
CRAN is governed by a Board of Directors with six members who adhere to the King IV Code and NamCode on Corporate Governance. The Chairperson provides guidance and ensures all decisions taken by the board are in the interest of CRAN and its stakeholders. The Board of Directors are appointed by the Minister of Information Communication and Technology in consultation with the Minister of Public Enterprises. CRAN is led by the Chief Executive Officer, Emilia Nghikembua, who is supported by the following head of departments:
- Jochen Traut – Chief Operations Officer
- Katrina Sikeni – Head: Corporate Communication
- Ronel Le Grange – Head: Electronic Communications
- Helene Vosloo – Head: Economics and Sector Research
- Lucrezia Henckert-Louw – Head: Human Capital
- Justus Tjituka – Head: Finance
- Brian Kauta – Head: Legal Advice
- Tanswell Davies – Governance Executive