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Telecommunications in Botswana is highly advanced and ranks among the best in the world. The new licensing framework provides access for the existing three telecommunications operators being Mascom Wireless Botswana (Pty) Ltd, Orange Botswana (Pty) Ltd and Botswana Telecommunications Corporations to a license, that will allow them to offer among others, mobile telephony, fixed telephony and internet services under one license. This is an endeavor that will see communications market reach a higher level and result in improved communication services.

Botswana Telecommunications Statistics

Number of Subscribers

 

March 2003

March 2004

March 2005

March 2006

Mobile

444 978

522 840

563 782

823 070

Fixed

131 699

131 774

136 463

132 034

Total

576 677

654 612

700 245

955 104

Industry Players (Licenses)

Fixed license

1

1

1

1

Mobile License

2

2

2

2

ISP License

10

15

22

28

Data License

8

10

11

20

PNTL License

8

9

11

13

Source: Botswana Telecommunications Authority Facts & Figures (2005/06)         

Fixed Telephone Line Installations and Rentals in Botswana

Product

Rental

Tariff [Pula]

Installations

Tariff [Pula]

Residential Telephone Line

60.00

230.00

Business and Government Telephone Service

100.00

337.50

Business Additional Line

100.00

187.20

ISDN Basic Rate Interface

227.00

700.00

Toll Free Service

100.00

600.00

Residential Extension [Internal & External]

6.30

100.00

Business Extension [Internal & External]

6.30

150.00

Standard Telephone Instrument

5.33

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Source : Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Website

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Tariffs

 

Initial Charge

Initial Duration (Seconds)

Per Minute Charge

 

Full

Rate

Cheap

Rate

Full

Rate

Cheap

Rate

Full

Rate

Cheap

Rate

Local

0.17

0.13

30

30

0.34

0.26

National

0.35

0.21

30

30

0.70

0.42

Fixed to Mobile

0.66

0.51

30

30

1.32

1.02

Source : Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Website

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