Telecoms news from Botswana
South Africa based Vodacom has refuted reports that it is in talks to take a stake in Botswana based BeMobile. ...more.
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's telecoms regulator has warned mobile phone dealers that it is clamping down on the sale of counterfeit and uncertified handsets. ...more.
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.
France Telecom-Orange says that its mobile money service, Orange Money, was launched earlier this week in Botswana. ...more.
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.
South Africa based MTN has launched borderless roaming across five countries where it has subsidiaries - Botswana, Rwanda, Uganda, Swaziland and Zambia. ...more.
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'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.
Orange Botswana has ordered a billing platform from Volubill to unify charging and access control for all mobile broadband access. ...more.
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 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.
Botswana's Mascom Wireless has launched a 3G and HSDPA network - although coverage is initially limited to the greater Gaborone area only. ...more.
Botswana Telecommunications (BTC), a government owned communications service provider in Africa has ordered a Converged Billing Solution from Redknee Solutions. ...more.
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.
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.