Botswana rates slashed

Botswana’ s mobile termination rates will be slashed by nearly half and ADSL prices will be cut, in line with a new directive by the country’ s telecoms authority.

The Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) has issued a directive instructing the three mobile operators in the country to cut mobile call costs.

It said customers of the three – Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Orange Botswana and Mascom – have been paying too much for mobile calls.

This comes after a study into pricing commissioned a year ago, as well as Botswana’ s investment in the East African Submarine System (EASSy). Botswana is also expected to connect to the WACS undersea cable later this year.

BTA CEO Thari Pheko said in line with the new directive, mobile termination rates will be cut from 75 thebe to 45 thebe. This is expected to significantly cut the costs of mobile calls for consumers.

ADSL prices will also be cut by an average of 17%.

The report found fixed termination rates were marginally below costs. These will be increased by 1 thebe until 2014.

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