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From Botswana, Orange Money has collaborated with local content streaming platform UPICtv to support the country’s arts industry by facilitating mobile money payment for subscriptions. Launched last year by Botswana Fibre Network (BoFiNet), UPICtv is a streaming subscription service available at P50.00 per month, down from the original launch price of P75.00. According to BoFiNet...

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Botswana has floated a tender for design, supply, installation, commissioning, operation and support of internet and backhaul connectivity in 61 villages. The project is expected to transform the public sector to efficiently provide services to citizens and businesses, reform the education system with a focus on building the human capital towards a knowledge-based economy (KBE)....

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Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) is to review non-core technology areas of the business in an effort to holistically optimise operations. This undertaking forms part of the company’s digital transformation strategy 2021-2023, which seeks to optimise and monetise the company’s assets. “We have also started and we anticipate that any outcomes of this review will streamline...

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Pan-African network operator Paratus Botswana, part of the Paratus Group, said it will invest US$6m in independent fibre connectivity to add to its existing infrastructure backbone. The company is following an ongoing trend in Africa to strengthen telecommunications infrastructure as COVID-19 related lockdowns force more people online and demand for network capacity increases. Paratus says...

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The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has floated a tender for an international mobile telecommunications spectrum (IMT) licence for the provision of mobile broadband wireless access services. According to BOCRA the call is for the provision of mobile broadband wireless access services in the spectrum bands 450 – 470 MHz, 790 – 862 MHz, 2110-2200...

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Pending new electronic payment service regulations have prompted Orange Botswana to assimilate Orange Money as a subsidiary. The new reserve bank regulations, enforced by the Bank of Botswana, will govern the licensing and operations of electronic payment service providers in the country. In addition to technology system specifications, including the use of fraud monitoring tools...

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The Botswana Communication Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has issued type approval verification guidelines for SIM-enabled devices to regulate access to the country’s telecommunications system network. BOCRA spokesperson Aaron Nyelesi said the guidelines are meant to protect the ICT networks and the consumers against adverse effects of widespread “non-type approved counterfeit and substandard devices.” The intention is...

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Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) has ended its three-year strategy on a positive note posting P37-million profit after tax for the year 2019/20. Ratsela Mooketsi, BoFiNet Board Chairman said the strategy crafted in 2017 delivered several positives for the parastatal, ICT sector and the economy. “We were very optimistic and so desirous of success in delivering...

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Botswana’s has announced plans to get senior secondary schools ready for e-learning during the 2021/22 financial year. The country’s Minister of Basic Education, Fidelis Molao told parliament that the government has partnered with various stakeholders, including the Botswana Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) and the Universal Access and Service Fund, to build and supply ICT infrastructure to...