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Infrastructure

IP/MPLS VPN Solution

The Ministry has signed a five (5) year contract with Telecom Namibia from 04th July 2011 to 03rd July 2016 to provide an IP/MPLS VPN solution that will link all Magistrates Offices to a central point via digicon lines. The following Offices/Directorates will still be supported as they have representation in the regions, namely Legal Aid, Office of the Ombudsman, Office of the Prosecutor General and the Master of the High Court. The exercise with Telecom Namibia is still ongoing to upgrade all lines to a better speed (2mbps (megabytes per seconds)) or higher.  A total of 10 offices are completed to date. 

Network Infrastructure:

This involves the installation of the physical network at all offices and buildings, such as re-wiring, upgrades of network infrastructure and equipment.

  • Small alterations were done (additional network points and trucking’s):
  • Head office in Windhoek,
  • Windhoek Magistrate’s Court,
  • Office of the Attorney General (Sanlam Building),
  • Master of the High Court (Master building), 
  • Various Magistrates Offices: (Tsumeb, Otavi, Gobabis, Okahandja, Ondangwa, Karibib and Usakos).
  • New Sites/Offices Connection: (10MBps)

This involves the establishment of the new sites connections which were added to the MPLS network.

  • Master of High Court (Frans Indongo Building),
  • Office of the Judiciary (SADC Tribunal and Diamond Square Buildings)

UPS installations done at the following Offices:

 A UPS is an Uninterrupted Power Supply that allows the server to shutdown properly when there is a power failure to avoid crashing and data loss.  The following 26 Magistrates Offices’ servers are connected to a UPS (Windhoek (Mungunda street and Luderitz Street), Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Outjo, Tsumeb, Grootfontein, Ondangwa, Oshakati, Opuwo, Khorixas, Omaruru, Okakarara, Usakos, Karibib, Swakopmund, Walvis bay, Rehoboth, Mariental, Aranos, Maltahohe, Keetmanshoop, Karasburg, Luderitz and  Oranjemund Magistrates Offices).  

Network Security:

The Ministry has upgraded its core firewall services from the TMG Firewall to a modern and better supported Firewall known as Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) with Unified Threat Management (UTM) technologies.  This enables secure network access across remote locations and having control of the internet services, ensuring it is properly censored against malicious attacks and any kind of threats.   This too has enabled segregation and monitoring of traffic from internal and external locations for better security such as application inspection, web filtering, anti-spam and traffic shaping for better bandwidth utilization.