BTC Reserves Millions for Botsgate and reduces prices by 40%


Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has committed close to US$5 million (approximately P35 million) over the next three years to the enhancement of the country's Internet backbone, Botsgate. The money will be channelled towards the improvement of network performance and to building capacity in order to allow for more services.

The Head of Wholesale Division at BTC, Duncan Pie, revealed this at a recent cocktail party hosted for customers at which he also spoke about the parastatal's 40 percent price reduction for Internet bandwidth. The reduction comes as a result of recent changes in the South African regulatory framework which have had a major impact on the cost of Internet bandwidth in Botswana.

"The regulatory permutation has created favourable economies of scale for BTC and this cost benefit is being passed on to our customers," a statement from BTC has said.

The Group general manager commercial, Loic Descamps, said they found it important to seek alternative leased capacity to make the service more affordable while anticipating their undersea capacity. "Over the past 24 months, we have had two major price reductions, one in October 2007 and the other in September 2009," Descamps said.

Botsgate is the only Internet Access Provider in Botswana with international connectivity to multiple STM 1 submarine fibre optic cables. It provides Internet to major service providers in Botswana, Orange, Mascom and the Zambian telecommunications giant Zamtel.