ICT use demand rises

| September 16, 2015

Connectivity has become the difference between an investor deciding to invest in Botswana or choosing another country, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr Tshenolo Mabeo has said.

Mr Mabeo was speaking at a ceremony to mark the completion of the rollout of the first phase of Fibre-To-The-Premises (FTTx) and the wi-fi hotspots in Kasane and Kazungula recently.

He highlighted that knowledge based economies are now transcending resource based economies and as a country, Botswana cannot afford to be left behind, hence the need to connect Botswana to the world has never been in the forefront of the development agenda than it is today.

Through projects such as the FTTx, Wi-Fi hotspots and the general development of Information Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, Botswana will be able to achieve one of her goals of being an ICT hub of the Southern African region and gain competitive edge as an investment destination in the African region, he said.

The minister said the deployment of FTTx and Wi-Fi hotspots brings about new and exciting opportunities for the socio-economic landscape of Kasane and Botswana at large by speeding up national connectivity by helping to draw communities closer together.

“There will be no reason for government offices, tourism facilities and business community in this town to experience slow network connectivity,” he assured the residents.

Still at the event, minister Mabeo launched the commencement of yet another similar optic fibre project in the Chobe region connecting the villages of Parakarungu and Satau to Kachikau with high speed and capacity fibre backbone network which will be delivered by March 2016.

Vice President of Korea Telecom, a company which is deploying the FTTx, Mr Byungo Lee said they have suggested to Botswana government to expand FTTx to residential customers as part of Botswana’s broadband strategy.

Mr Lee explained that the demand for ICT use in Africa over the last decade has exceeded all expectations particularly the mobile-cellular market, saying recently 84 per cent of Africa’s population is covered by a mobile network.

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