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Mobile subscriptions surge in Q1 2019

Information Communication Technology Statistics Brief Q1 2019 indicates that fixed telephone line subscriptions increased marginally by 0.5 percent in Q1 2019 after having registered a total of 143, 481 subscriptions recorded in Q4 2018.

Mobile cellular telephone subscriptions also grew during the quarter, they rose from 3,381 228 subscriptions in Q4 2018 to 5,073 369 subscriptions in Q1 2019, showing an increase of 50%. This Statistics Brief presents a snapshot of Botswana Information and Communications Technology Statistics for quarter one 2019. It contains statistics relating to ICT Infrastructure and services as well as the contribution of Information and Communications Services Sector to the economy. Some of indicators are preliminary estimates and thus subject to revision when data becomes available.

Comparing Q1 2019 to the same quarter in 2018, fixed telephone subscriptions increased by 1% while mobile cellular telephone subscriptions increased by 59.5%. During Q1 2019, pre-paid mobile cellular cell phones subscriptions totalled 4,946 028 as compared to 3,295 636 subscribers in Q4 2018. This was a significant increase of 50.1%. Post-paid mobile cellular telephone subscriptions realized a significant increase as well in Q1 2019. They increased by 48.8 percent after registering 127 341 subscriptions compared to 85 592 recorded in Q4 2018.

Total Internet (mobile internet plus fixed internet), subscriptions increased by 11% in Q1 2019. It increased from 1.8 Million subscriptions registered in Q4 2018 to 1.9 Million in Q1 2019. Looking at the two types of internet individually, mobile internet subscriptions increased by 10.8%, from 1.74 Million subscriptions in Q4 2018, to 1,93 Million in Q1 2019, while fixed internet subscriptions went up by 6.3 percent (from 55,390 subscriptions recorded in Q4 2018 to 58,899 in Q1 2019).

Compared to the same quarter of the previous year, overall internet subscriptions increased by 9% in Q1 2019. Mobile internet and fixed internet increased by 9% and 10% respectively. Furthermore, telephone traffic comprises of domestic calls, international calls and short message service SMS. On-net fixed telephone domestic calls traffic increased in Q1 2019; they increased from 1,630 843 543 calls made in Q4 2018 to 1,630 877 925 calls in Q1 2019, registering a marginal increase of 34,382 calls.

Off net fixed telephone domestic calls traffic went down in Q1 2019 as compared to Q4 2018. They decreased from 1,923 390 968 calls recorded in     Q4 2018 to 1,894 426 277 calls in Q1 2019, a decrease of 1.5%. With regard to mobile cellular telephone domestic calls traffic, on-net traffic reduced by 18.1% while off-net traffic increased by 2.2 percent in Q1 2019.

Mobile cellular telephones to fixed telephone traffic increased by 39.3 percent in Q1 2019.09.15 International calls outgoing from fixed telephones decreased by 0.7 percent from 206 052 643 calls made in Q4 2018 to 204 672 812 calls made in Q1 2019. Outgoing international calls from mobile cellular telephones increased in Q1 2019 compared to those made in Q4 2018. On-net short messages services SMS increased in Q1 2019 while off-net ones reduced.

In Q1 2019, the Postal and Communications Services sector contributed P1.2 Million in current prices, which constituted 2.6 percent of total GDP. In real prices, Postal and Communications Services Sector contributed P760 Million to the economy and this stood at 3.1 percent of the total GDP.

Fixed telephone lines refer to a telephone line connecting a customer’s terminal equipment to the public-switched telephone network and which has a dedicated port on a telephone exchange, while a mobile cellular phone refers to a portable telephone subscribing to a public mobile telephones services using cellular technology, which provides access to the telephone network.

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Food prices continue to rise, but at a slower rate

28th November 2022

Prices for cereals or staple foods in Botswana and other Southern African countries continue to rise at a slower pace, following trends in the global markets, according to the latest November 2022 Food Price Monitoring and Analysis by Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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Still doing business the old way?

18th November 2022

It’s time to get business done better with MTN Business Botswana’s ICT Solutions.

Running a digital businessMTN Business Solutions Botswana, popularly known as MTN Business is an Internet Service Provider. We are a subsidiary of MTN Group Limited, a multinational telecommunications Group headquartered in South Africa, which operates in 19 markets across Africa and the Middle East.

More and more, clients are looking for ways to keep their staff productive in a dynamically changing business environment. Whether your people are working from home, the office or abroad, there is a growing recognition that digitising your operations can offer unprecedented commercial value in flexibility, productivity and growth. This new, digital reality means that it is more important than ever to stay agile – if there is anything that can slow a business down, it is being burdened by othatld technology.

Having made substantial investments in fibre technology, high-speed terrestrial and undersea networks and new frequency spectrum across the markets wherein it operates, MTN is perfectly positioned to respond to this shift in the market.

A few years ago, MTN also made the decision to build an IP capable radio network for its mobile services, giving its core network the ability to seamlessly integrate with enterprise IP networks. The mobile towers deliver services to enterprise clients absolutely anywhere it has a network, shortening the last mile and removing complexity and cost.

Now there is increasing demand from clients to connect their remote sites in all areas, including rural and semi- rural. MTN has assisted clients with overcoming this connectivity hurdle, enabling their staff to get the job done wherever they are.
MTN’s evolution

For MTN, the focus has shifted from just being a core telecommunications services provider, towards also becoming a technology solutions provider. The service offering now also includes Unified Communications, Data Hosting and Cloud Solutions, Security-As-A-Service and Managed Network Services. The scope has changed to being client and industry specific, so the requirements and service portfolio vary from one client to the next. The expectation is that a company like MTN must respond to these challenges, helping clients to get business done better as they shift from old to new technologies.

As many businesses continue to grapple with a digitally dynamic world, they face new challenges that have to be solved. This environment will benefit those that are more digitally enabled and agile. It is a brave new world that will favour online over on-site, wireless over wired and fluid over formulaic. Businesses will seek out partners and suppliers that are every bit as flexible and forward-looking as they are.
Ultimately, clients need partners like MTN Business that will invest in infrastructure, deliver the services they require, have market credibility, are financially sound and have a long-term commitment to their market presence.

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BIE to vitalize the Dignity of Engineers

9th November 2022

Botswana Institution Of Engineers (BIE), has last week hosted a gala dinner in  which they appreciated engineers who worked tirelessly and with dedication for 10 years from 1983 to steer the BIE to its current status.

The event that was held at the Phakalane Golf Estate had brought together young, experienced and veteran engineers and was held under the theme “Vitalize the dignity and eminence of all professional engineers”.

Explaining the theme, the institution’s treasurer, Thanabalasingam Raveendran said that engineers were looked upon reverentially with respect as the educated but with time it seems to have deteriorated. He indicated that there is a need to change the narrative by all means.

“The BIE exists for the welfare and the betterment of us Botswana engineers, we need to recognize specialised units within our Institution. We Engineers strongly believe in Engineers make it happen” Raveendran said.

He indicated that under the theme they appeal to all engineers to energize, to attain quality of being worthy of honour and respect and to achieve recognized superiority amongst the Society.

Raveendran stated that engineers need to ensure their end product is of good quality satisfying the end users expectations and engineers must be honest in their work.

“Approximately 8000 engineers registered with Engineering Regulatory Board (ERB) are not members of the BIE, engineers need to make every effort to recruit them to BIE” he said.

He alluded that BIE being a society, it currently needs to upgrade itself at par with professional institutions elsewhere like the UK and USA.

He further stated that BIE has to have engineering units of specialised disciplines like Civil/Mechanical/electrical etc

“As President Masisi indicated in his inaugural speech, the young people, who make 60 percent of the population of this country, are the future leaders and therefore investing in them is building the bridge to the future” said Raveendran

Kandima indicated that BIE has a memorandum of Understanding with Engineers Registration Board (ERB), where BIE is a recognised provider of CPD training, mentorship programmes and more importantly IPD undertaking to upgrade the skills and know-how of our engineers.

“For us to achieve our mandate and make worthwhile changes to engineering in Botswana, we have to be totally focused and act with intent” said Kandima.

Furthermore, Stephen Williams, past president of the BIE from 1986-1988 told the engineers that  the BIE provides a fertile environment where they can meet, share ideas and grow professionally.

“The BIE is also a nesting place for graduate engineers to learn from their peers and seniors, it also cater for engineering technicians and technologists and so nobody in the technology field is left out” he said.

He further indicated that Botswana Government provides a conductive environment for growth of engineering professionals.

“It must be stated that the Botswana Government recognises the existence of BIE and it can further be stated that the government enables ERB to carry out its mandate as a regulator of engineering professionals” said Williams

He plead with engineering companies to recognize and support BIE as it is the only source of engineering personnel’s for various Industries .

Furthermore, when giving his farewell speech, Michael Pinard , a past president of the institution  said how they are viewed as engineers by the general public might be due to some lack of appreciation as to exactly what role they play in the development of the country.

“The BIE slogan is aptly coined-Engineers make it happen, in other words, what man dreams engineers create” Said Pinard.

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