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Backdrop. Closing the communication gap. BTC was the sole telecommunications provider till 1996. Parliament established a regulatory body in 1996. Botswana Telecommunications Authority issued mobile licenses (2) and ISP licenses in the following year.

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Backdrop

Closing the communication gap

  • BTC was the sole telecommunications provider till 1996.

  • Parliament established a regulatory body in 1996.

  • Botswana Telecommunications Authority issued mobile licenses (2) and ISP licenses in the following year.

  • The Act allowed the incumbent operator to compete in the competitive services by setting up a separate subsidiary.


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Closing the communication gap

  • BTC in compliance, set up a subsidiary called Botsnet to provide retail Internet services to the customers of Botswana and outside Botswana.


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BTC Internet Strategy

Closing the communication gap

  • BTC , as a Telco also decided that IP as a technology should be a part of the BTC ‘s product portfolio.

  • To achieve the same, BTC now offers Corporate Internet Services with a focus on internet infrastructure provision (an ISP’s ISP)


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BTC’s Strengths

Closing the communication gap

  • the best infrastructure available.

  • traffic can be carried all across Botswana on dedicated IP backbone either on ATM or Frame Relay

  • largest team of skilled telecom and IT professionals

  • Ability to negotiate attractive bandwidth rates and can consolidate traffic

  • can exchange traffic with other ISP’s and also look into offering future IP backbone services


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BTC ‘s Current and Future Network

Closing the communication gap




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Current BTC offerings

Closing the communication gap

  • Point of Presence Services

  • Corporate Internet Access ( multiple grade of services)

  • Server farms

  • Bandwidth provision for ISP’s

  • DNS registration and maintenance

  • Online bandwidth monitoring

    BTC has quadrupled the capacity in the last 1 year and currently is at 6 Mb


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Future Internet Services

Closing the communication gap

  • End to end managed internet access

  • Virtual Private Networks

  • Voice over IP

  • E-commerce gateway

  • Extension of server farms and bulk web hosting facilities

  • POP’s outside Botswana

  • Online DNS registration

  • Online billing


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Role of PTO – BTC’s Understanding

Closing the communication gap

  • The technology is changing towards IP.

  • Telco’s have to follow the same trend.

  • Also it will jeopardize the existing revenue stream which are primarily from voice, shifting towards data in the last few years.

  • All voice and data infrastructure will be a dead weight as the cost of carrying the same is significantly less on IP, which reduces the barrier to entry for the new operators.


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Role of PTO – BTC’s Understanding contd..

Closing the communication gap

  • Lastly, the suppliers are converging and making a single platform to deliver all services resulting in high costs of maintaining existing different platforms.


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Botswana Issues

Closing the communication gap

  • ISP’s can use any technologies to connect to the internet and create own infrastructure.

  • BTC can thus compete in this market and can offer any infrastructure services.

  • BTC also feels that the national resources are not being utilized prudently.

  • The ISP licensee is not allowed to use VOIP.


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Botswana Issues contd..

Closing the communication gap

  • Regulators are unable to control the same and normally doesn’t have resources to manage the same.

  • Implementation of inconsistent policies or policies devised without taking the incumbent operator point of view, are difficult to implement.

  • The internet market is not separate and has to be looked together with data and voice market.


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Botswana Issues contd..

Closing the communication gap

  • The ISP’s are up in arms against launching BTC’s

    internet company, Botsnet.

  • BTC ensured not to favor the ISP and kept an arm’s length distance with the same.

  • ISP’s still complained without proving the same.

  • The economic background changed when international ISP’s started looking at Botswana market, with an eye to provide all the data / IP / VAS services.


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Achievements

Closing the communication gap

  • 6 Mbps internet bandwidth and increasing it further by 8 Mbps capacity.

  • increased efficiency on internet as most of it is directly to USA and not to SA.

  • competitive rates comparative to the neighboring countries.

  • BTC is looking towards setting up Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) facility to enable integration on a single platform.


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EDIcontd..

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