Telecoms news from Botswana

Botswana Networks to have Billing Platforms Audited

Botswana's telecoms regulator has been ordered to carry out an audit of the mobile networks to ensure that their billing platforms are carrying out their tasks accurately. ...more.

MTN Denies Reports of Hostile Takeover Bid for Botswana Mobile Network

South Africa's MTN Group has dismissed speculation that it is interested in raising its stake in its Botswana based subsidiary. ...more.

Vodacom Denies Botswana Investment Rumours

South Africa based Vodacom has refuted reports that it is in talks to take a stake in Botswana based BeMobile. ...more.

Southern African Governments Accelerate Mobile Access to an Extra 300 Million People

The Governments of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia have agreed a set of common priorities to accelerate the roll out of mobile broadband in the region, with the view of creating an additional 3.2 million jobs for Sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. ...more.

Botswana Clamps Down on Fake and Unapproved Mobile Phone Sales

Botswana's telecoms regulator has warned mobile phone dealers that it is clamping down on the sale of counterfeit and uncertified handsets. ...more.

Orange Links Visa Card to Mobile Money Accounts

Orange has launched a service that links a prepaid Visa debit card to a customer's mobile money account, allowing them to spend their mobile money balance at a conventional retailer. ...more.

Orange Expands Mobile Money Service to Botswanna

France Telecom-Orange says that its mobile money service, Orange Money, was launched earlier this week in Botswana. ...more.

HP and PING Collaborate on Mobile Health Monitoring to Reduce Malaria

Healthcare workers in Botswana are being supplied with HP Palm Pre 2 smartphones to collect malaria data, notify the Ministry of Health about outbreaks and tag both data and disease surveillance information with GPS coordinates. ...more.

MTN Abolishes Roaming Charges Across Five Countries

South Africa based MTN has launched borderless roaming across five countries where it has subsidiaries - Botswana, Rwanda, Uganda, Swaziland and Zambia. ...more.

Double Digit Subscriber Growth in Southern African Mobile Markets

The mobile communications markets of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe have all experienced subscriber growth over ten percent in the last five years. This has created a powerful network effect, which continues to drive market growth, albeit at lower levels. ...more.

Botswana Reminds PrePay Subscribers to Register Details by Year-End

Botswana's telecoms regulator has warned that the vast majority of prepay SIM cards have yet to register their ownership details before a cut-off deadline at the end of this year. ...more.

Volubill Wins Mobile Data Billing Contract from Orange Botswana

Orange Botswana has ordered a billing platform from Volubill to unify charging and access control for all mobile broadband access. ...more.

Orange Botswana Chooses Alvarion for WiMAX Turnkey Project

Alvarion says that it has won a contract from Orange Botswana for a turnkey WiMAX deployment, using its 4Motion end-to-end solution. ...more.

Airspan Wins WiMAX Contract in Botswana

Airspan Networks has announced that Netspread, one of Botswana's internet service providers, has chosen it as its WiMAX equipment provider and has begun deployments of MicroMAX base stations and ProST customer premises equipment. ...more.

Mascom Wireless Launches 3G in Botswana

Botswana's Mascom Wireless has launched a 3G and HSDPA network - although coverage is initially limited to the greater Gaborone area only. ...more.

Redknee Wins Billing Contract in Botswana

Botswana Telecommunications (BTC), a government owned communications service provider in Africa has ordered a Converged Billing Solution from Redknee Solutions. ...more.

MTG Group Reports 53% Increase in Subscriber Base During 2007

South Africa based MTN Group says that it has recorded 61.4 million subscribers across its 21 operations as at 31 December 2007. This is an increase of 53% from 40.1 million subscribers as at the end of 2006. ...more.

Botswana Takes Steps to Privatise National Telco

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) says that it is to advise Botswana's government on the privatisation of the state owned telco, Botswana Telecommunications. ...more.