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The Telecommunications Industry in Botswana
BY Charles Chinya
Botswana
29 July 2021
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Telecommunications in Botswana


Botswana has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in Africa. However, internet speeds are relatively slow and data costs are high. The sector’s strong performance during lockdown is attributed to high demand for data services and internet connectivity from all sectors of the economy. However, the pandemic is having a significant impact on mobile phones sales in Botswana due to reduced household incomes. Challenges affecting growth of the sector include a lack of broadband infrastructure, low access to electricity, lack of skills and the competitive advantage of international operators over local operators. Most of the big players in Botswana’s telecoms sector are majority foreign-owned, while locally-owned companies are in the internet service provider segment.


Government Plans


The government has identified ICT as the catalyst for the next wave of economic development, and its ICT policy identifies various areas for development. These include the provision of products and services such as e-commerce, social networking and entertainment, wider broadband access and internet connectivity and internet access for schools, libraries, health centres and community, and using the high mobile penetration rate to ensure the availability of government, health, agriculture, education, and e-commerce services on apps.


Growth


Botswana’s telecom services sector revenues are expected to grow, driven by mobile data, cloud computing and fixed broadband. Fixed broadband growth will be supported by expansions and enhancements of fixed broadband networks carried out under the government’s National Broadband Strategy, and rollout of fibre to home infrastructure. But job losses and reduced consumer spending due to the effect of the lockdown on the economy will see consumers spend less on telecoms services and devices.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on Botswana’s fixed and mobile telephones, internet and broadband and the infrastructure that supports them. There are profiles of 23 companies including government-owned Botswana Fibre Network (BoFiNet), a wholesaler provider of national and international telecoms infrastructure and other major players such as Mascom Wireless and Orange. Other companies profiled include network operator Liquid Telecommunications and internet service provider Microteck.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. COUNTRY INFORMATION 1
3. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 2
3.1 Industry Value Chain 8
3.2. Geographic Position 9
4. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 9
5. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 13
5.1. Local 13
5.1.1. Corporate Actions 17
5.1.2. Regulations 18
5.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 19
5.2. Continental 20
5.3. International 26
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 29
6.1. Coronavirus 29
6.2. Economic Environment 30
6.3. Rising Costs 30
6.4. Frequency Spectrum Management 31
6.5. Technology, Research, Development, and Innovation 31
6.6. Government Incentives and Support 31
6.7. Environmental Concerns 34
6.8. Cyclicality 34
6.9. Crime and Safety 34
6.10. Labour 34
7. COMPETITION 35
7.1. Barriers to Entry 35
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 36
9. OUTLOOK 37
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 37
11. REFERENCES 38
11.1. Publications 38
11.2. Websites 38
COMPANY PROFILES - TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT 43
3G MOBILE (BOTSWANA) (PTY) LTD 43
ALTRON BOTSWANA (PTY) LTD 45
BOTSWANA FIBRE NETWORKS (PTY) LTD 47
BOTSWANA POSTAL SERVICES LTD 49
BROADBAND BOTSWANA INTERNET 51
GLOBAL BROADBAND SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 52
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES (BOTSWANA) (PTY) LTD 54
INQ.DIGITAL (PTY) LTD 56
MASCOM WIRELESS BOTSWANA (PTY) LTD 57
MICROTECK ENTERPRISES (PTY) LTD 60
OPQ NET (PTY) LTD 62
PARATUS TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 64
COMPANY PROFILES - COMPUTER SERVICES AND RELATED EQUIPMENT 65
3GMOBILE (BOTSWANA) (PTY) LTD 65
BOTSWANA FIBRE NETWORKS (PTY) LTD 67
BROADBAND BOTSWANA INTERNET 69
GLOBAL BROADBAND SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 70
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES (BOTSWANA) (PTY) LTD 72
LIQUID TELECOMMUNICATIONS BOTSWANA (PTY) LTD 74
MASCOM WIRELESS BOTSWANA (PTY) LTD 76
MICROTECK ENTERPRISES (PTY) LTD 79
ORANGE BOTSWANA (PTY) LTD 81
PARATUS TELECOMMUNICATIONS (PTY) LTD 83
SKY-CELL CONNECT (PTY) LTD 84