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Botswana’s government has introduced new regulations according to which telecommunication service providers must separate mobile financial payment services from other offerings. The new regulations came into effect in January 2020 and in addition to placing the management of mobile money under the jurisdiction of the country’s central bank (the Bank of Botswana), it also compels...

Botswana Fibre Networks (BOFINET) has partnered with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC) in availing WIFI Hotspots that will connect Batswana to watch NOW TV free of charge while on-the-go. This telecommunications platform is meant to collaboratively utilise innovation at BOFINET and will be launched next week. During a media briefing...

Reuters reports that MTN Group has abandoned plans to sell its 53% stake in Mascom Wireless Botswana, which was supposed to net the company USD300 million. In its quarterly update Africa’s largest mobile operator by subscribers said that ‘certain conditions’ related to the transaction had not been met, which led to the company’s decision. On a journalists’...

Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTC) today announced that BTC is doubling its capacity on AMOS-7 communication satellite KU-beams.  With this new capacity, BTC is adding cellular backhaul and various long-distance communication services to enhance rural area connectivity. AMOS-7’s KU-band beams enable mobility...

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has reported an 8% drop in revenues for its financial year to 31 March 2019 to BWP1.45 billion (USD134.6 million). The fall was blamed on ‘unfavourable trading conditions which saw restrained consumer spending,’ particularly in the mobile sector, where sales were down 12%. The state-backed fixed and cellular operator registered a...

A shareholder battle is brewing at Botswana’s largest cellco by subscribers, Mascom Wireless. A USD300 million deal was struck in March for minority shareholder Econet Wireless of Zimbabwe to acquire the 53% stake held by South Africa’s MTN Group. This would give Econet a 60% stake and control of Mascom. A report from The Patriot, however, says...

The incumbent Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has renewed for five years the income protection contract entrusted since 2010 to Subex Limited, India’s provider of telecom analysis solutions. As part of this agreement, Subex will implement its integrated fraud management and revenue assurance platform, as well as partner settlement and route optimization. With these solutions, Subex Limited indicates...