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Further liberalisation of the telecommunications industry in botswana
FURTHER LIBERALISATION OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY IN BOTSWANA

  • Claes Rosvall

  • rosvall@cats-net.com

Claes Rosvall – rosvall@cats-net.com


Further liberalisation of the telecommunications industry in botswana1
FURTHER LIBERALISATION OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY IN BOTSWANA

  • AGENDA

    • BOTSWANA’S TELCOMMUNICATIONS POLICY OF 1995

    • SETTING UP OF BTA

    • POLICY REVIEW

    • EXPERIENCE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

    • CONCLUSIONS

Claes Rosvall – rosvall@cats-net.com


Botswana s telecommunications policy of 1995
BOTSWANA’S TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY OF 1995 BOTSWANA

  • Country wide consultations

  • Outcome of the consultations

    • Rejection of phased liberalisation

    • Rejection of development fund

Claes Rosvall – rosvall@cats-net.com


Setting up of bta
SETTING UP OF BTA BOTSWANA

  • Why do we need a regulator?

    • Imbalance between stakeholders

  • Strong mandate a prerequisite

Claes Rosvall – rosvall@cats-net.com


Policy review
POLICY REVIEW BOTSWANA

  • Introduction of Competition PARTIALLY

  • Expansion and diversification of services YES

  • Participation of the private sector YES

  • Transparency in decision making YES

  • Protection of consumers PARTIALLY

  • Prediction of market development NO

  • Reduction of tariffs PARTIALLY

Claes Rosvall – rosvall@cats-net.com


Policy review cont
POLICY REVIEW – cont. BOTSWANA

  • 1995 2005 Estimated

  • Fixed lines 45 000 120 000 140 000

  • Mobile 0 500 000+ 90 000

  • ISP 0 10+ 0

Claes Rosvall – rosvall@cats-net.com


Experience from other countries
EXPERIENCE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES BOTSWANA

  • Tanzania

    • Privatisation of incumbent (TTCL) in 2001

    • Exclusivity period of 4 years

    • Roll out obligations 800 000+

    • Strategic investor bought 35% for USD 120M

    • Mobile licence

  • 2005

    • 150 000 lines (down from 250 000 year 2001)

    • Mobile operations 500 000+

Claes Rosvall – rosvall@cats-net.com


Conclusions
CONCLUSIONS BOTSWANA

  • No substitute for competition

  • Political interference detrimental to the industry

  • Promotion vs. Policing

  • Prediction of market development futile

  • Strengthening of consumers

  • Universal access

Claes Rosvall – rosvall@cats-net.com


Thank you
THANK YOU! BOTSWANA

  • Claes Rosvall

  • rosvall@cats-net.com

Claes Rosvall – rosvall@cats-net.com