No Network, Namibia

DECEMBER 2006 – An Ericsson R320s phone displays the message ‘No network’ in a rural area in the North West of Namibia. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

For our 2006 trip to Namibia I took the most trusted phone I ever owned: An Ericsson R320s. Never failed me. Had a rock-solid connection. With very little power consumption. A fantastic phone that simply did its job as expected. Except – when there is no network! Eeeek.

And exactly this happened to us when we left Outjo on the C39 towards the Skeleton Coast National Park. At some point in time there simply was no network coverage. Which came as a bit of a surprise to us as we were still driving along an excellent (gravel) highway, and I had assumed that there was at least some kind of network coverage. But, at least in 2006, there were large areas without, and I thought it was interesting to capture such a moment. Simply because we were not used to having no network.

By the way, this happened to us again in 2011 when we were visiting the Okavango Delta in Botsuana (albeit with a different phone.) And you know what? I can understand the network operators: There’s simply no point in providing connectivity for huge areas and just a few hundred people.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time01-DEC-2006, 11:22
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure1/8000 sec at f/2.8
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4992 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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