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ISPs: prices won’t drop by half

Botswana’s Internet Service Providers’ Association says BTC’s wholesale bandwidth price slash won’t result in consumer tariffs being cut by half.

Earlier, the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation announced it was slashing its bandwidth prices by 59% with effect from 1 August. BTC Group CEO Paul Taylor said the expectation was that its wholesale customers would in turn pass on the cost benefit to the end consumer.

However, is a statement issued to the media, BISPA warned against unrealistic expectations. It said the wholesale bandwidth price was just one component of the total cost of providing internet services.

Therefore, the actual retail price reduction as a result would likely be closer to the 10 to 15 percentage range.


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