Sometime last year, I started a research group on Free Space Optical Communication in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University. In collaboration, with my good old friend, Dr Thomas Olwal from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa, we applied for funding under the South Africa-Namibia Joint Research Grants.

Early this year, we received the good news that both the South African and the Namibian sides had approved our research project for funding to the tune of US$20,000 on either side. The title of research project is Throughput Optimization of Broadband Free Space Optical Networks under Southern African Cloud Climatology. National Research Foundation (NRF) is providing the funds on the South African side while the National Commission on Research Science and Technology is sponsoring the Namibian side. We are really grateful to these two organisations and we promise to work hard in order to get good results.

The project will run for two years with exchange visits between my group and Dr Olwal’s group. Apart from me, my group is composed of undergraduate students, some of whom are very clever. We are in the process of getting in touch with Telkom Namibia for further collaboration. There is a great potential for Free Space Optical Communication in Africa. Should there be other people and organisations interested in collaborating with us, feel free to contact us.