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Start-up telecommunications services provider One Wireless has announced plans to deploy macro Wi-Fi solutions to “Wi-Fi blanket’ Botswana, covering several cities including Francistown, Gaborone, Kasane, Maun and Palapye. The company says the wireless technology, also known as ‘mass Wi-Fi’, guarantees a faster internet speed, and will benefit the public as well as IOT, OTT service...

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African telco group Liquid Telecom is activating a new 82km cross-border link between South Africa and Botswana, as it seeks to improve connectivity between the latter country and Liquid’s 73,000km pan-African fibre network. The new link runs between Lobatse on the South African border and Botswana’s capital city Gaborone. Odirile Tamajobe, Managing Director of Liquid...

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Liquid Telecom is to acquire full control of its unit in Botswana, buying the 42.5% of shares currently held by the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). The two firms created Liquid Telecom Botswana as a joint venture in 2016, with the unit providing wholesale international bandwidth to incumbent fixed-line operator Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), local mobile...

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Botswana is currently a vast digital project with the Covid-19 crisis. The government has embarked on several technological projects which, in the long term, should transform the lives of populations. The Head of State detailed them to Parliament on November 8. The Republic of Botswana has accelerated its digital transformation. President of the Republic Mokgweetsi Masisi made this...

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Botswana, Nigeria and Seychelles are likely to reach the United Nations Broadband Commission’s target of affordable broadband services of less than 2% of Gross National Income (GNI) per capita by 2023. This is according to a new report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Measuring Digital Development: ICT Price Trends 2019, which claims that broadband prices...

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Orange Botswana has announced the launch of LTE-A services, increasing data transfer rates on its 4G network. The upgrades, which are being branded 4G+, have so far reached parts of Greater Gaborone and Francistown and will eventually cover much of the country, the operator said. As part of the launch Orange has also lowered the prices...

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...