Chiefs deliberate on digital migration


Image: By BiztechAfrica
Chiefs deliberate on digital migration

By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana

The government of Botswana plans to have the digital migration strategy in place once the appropriate digital broadcasting standard has been selected, the House of Chiefs (or Ntlo ya Dikgosi) was told.

Responding to a question at Ntlo ya Dikgosi meeting, Minister of Transport and Communications, Nonofo Molefhi said the digital migration strategy had been developed. He said, however, the ministries of transport and communications and presidential affairs and public administration were assessing various digital broadcasting standards in order to select the most suitable for Botswana.

He added that the ministry had established a digital migration task force to develop a digital migration strategy for the country.  “The ministry is also in the process of completing an infrastructure sharing policy to be tabled in Parliament,” Molefhi told the elite Chiefs’ house.

The policy encourages infrastructure sharing across the information and communication technology sector. Molefhi explained that sharing of resources between radio stations and government broadcasting services was to be considered if viable.

He told the chiefs that the government was continuously increasing network penetration to all communities so that they could gain access to the Internet.

“Other programmes such as international connectivity through the Eastern Africa Cable System (EASSy) and the West Africa cable System (WACS) not only increase the availability of Internet, but also aim at reducing telecommunications services including the Internet prices further.”

The minister explained that Internet prices had been reduced as a result of EASSy and the revision of prices through the cost model and pricing framework. Reductions of up to 60 percent would be realised once the WACS system comes into operation.

Chief Thabo Maruje from North East District had earlier asked the minister to explain what role the ministry was playing to facilitate infrastructure and resource sharing between private radio stations and government broadcasting services. He also wanted to know what the government was doing to ensure the uptake and penetration of Internet usage and to sensitise Batswana about the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television. 

Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus


KitsoWorks holds stakeholder engagement session

The implementing partners of Botswana's KitsoWorks initiative are working on scaling up the youth empowerment pilot project. Read More

Mobile Compact Lab presented to Botswana

The Global Pharma Health Fund, a charitable initiative funded by Merck, a leading science and technology company, has donated a mobile compact laboratory to the Health Ministry in the capital city of Gaborone to help detect counterfeit medicines. Read More

BTCL releases ‘ultimate communications solution’

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporations Limited (BTCL) has unveiled a mobile VSAT product meant to revolutionise the way of doing business in the country.  Read More

MTN Botswana to widen its services

MTN Business Botswana has reaffirmed its commitment to use its extensive capabilities in the telecommunications sector to provide relevant, quality and affordable ICT solutions to local businesses. Read More

Huawei sponsors students for China study trip

Huawei Technologies Botswana recently teamed up with Botswana's Ministry of Education and Skills Development to award a sponsorship for ten ICT students to study Huawei corporate culture and other see the latest ICTs in China. Read More

Second ‘ICTs into learning’ course concluded

The Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) has just concluded its second workshop on Integrating ICTs into teaching and learning at its head office in Gaborone.  Read More

Yet another date for BTCL IPO

Botswana's Minister of Transport and Communications says the long awaited Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) Initial Public Offering (IPO) will be settled before the end of this year. Read More

Botswana first to implement IMF enhanced General Data Dissemination system

At the request of the Botswana, authorities a mission from the IMF’s Statistics Department visited Gaborone this month, to assist with the implementation of the Enhanced General Data Dissemination System (e-GDDS).  Read More

Motswana in contention for Orange African Social Venture Prize 2015

Botswana’s Thabiso Mashaba’s ‘These Hands Social Enterprise’ Project has been shortlisted in the top 11 of  Orange African Social Venture Prize 2015 projects.  Read More

CastIron to host first B2B ICT conference

CastIron, a Gaborone-based ICT oriented company, will host the first business to business information ICT conference in Botswana soon.  Read More


Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks Unlimited


eCommerce in Africa urged to take advantage of mobile eCommerce in Africa urged to take advantage of mobile

The Executive Chairman of Alltel has urged operators of eCommerce in Ghana and Africa as a whole to take advantage of the current trend for Africans to trade online via their mobile handsets. 


Nigeria needs $25b investment in broadband, says WoodNigeria needs $25b investment in broadband, says Wood

Telecoms executive Adrian Wood speaks to Kokumo Goodie about investment potential in Nigeria.