Mascom narrows digital divide
TELECOMSJohn Churu, Gaborone, Botswana | Feb. 28, 2012, 10:52 a.m.
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
Following the success of the Nteletsa 2, Area 4 Project, in which Mascom collaborated with the Botswana Government to provide internet access to 41 villages and established Kitsong and Community Access Centres in each of the 41 villages, Mascom has announced that it will establish another 10 Mascom Kitsong Centres to make a total of 51 Mascom Kitsong Centres countrywide.
Mascom has been working closely with the Village Development Committees (VDC's) and the leaders of the various villages to identify young people and a total of 23 of hopefuls have been identified to run the centres.
The 23 potential entrepreneurs are currently being trained and up-skilled in collaboration Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) and Modi Investments. The training undertaken is on Entrepreneurship Development, ICT and Mascom Product Knowledge.
From the 23 potential entrepreneurs trained, 10 will be selected to operate Mascom Kitsong Centres in their villages.
Mascom will continue providing support to all the Mascom Kitsong Centres countrywide to a point where they are sustainable and self-sufficient.
In a statement to the stakeholders which is also in the hands of biztechafrica, the company says it realises the impact that this initiative can have on Batswana and the youth in particular, and has taken a deliberate step to invest in this project and roll out Mascom Kitsong Centers in different parts of the country every year.
From the total of 51 Kitsong and Community Access Centres put up countrywide, 16 are operated by Village Development Committees, two by Parents and Teachers' Association Committees, two by Primary Schools and 21 are operated by youth selected from the respective villages.
Licensed in February 1998, Mascom is the leading mobile telecommunications operator in Botswana.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
MACRA moves to give another mobile licenceMalawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has taken the first steps towards awarding a mobile telecommunication service provider licence to Lacell Private Limited. Read More
Eaton Towers signs pivotal agreement in EgyptEaton Towers has raised $350 million in new equity resources and signed the first independent tower deal in Egypt. Read More
Airtel Ghana expands capacityAirtel Ghana has completed the expansion of its fibre optic cables in Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi which will enable customers experience superior network capability including speeds of up to 42mbps on compatible devices. Read More
Vodafone Ghana launches network campaignVodafone Ghana has launched its network campaign in Accra with emphasis on its role as the number one network for voice clarity and 3G+ Internet speed in Ghana. Read More
Ogunsanya discusses telecoms future at Businessday’s CEO ForumThe Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, has been listed among eminent personalities that will lead discourse at this year’s edition of the prestigious Businessday CEO Forum. Read More
Tigo forges ahead on digital innovation trailTigo Mobile has launched Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, with free 15GB internet for 12 months, at a plush event in Accra. Read More
Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge premiere in BotswanaSamsung Electronics announced its entirely redefined smartphones in Botswana, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Read More
Vodacom Business Nigeria wins double at Beacon of ICT awardsVodacom Business Nigeria has won the Cloud Services Provider of the Year and ICT Infrastructure Provider of the Year (Data Centre) at the BoICT Award 2015. Read More
TNM to spend K16m in promotionsIn an effort to support the growth of the mobile money service Telekom Networks Malawi Limited (TNM) has set aside K16m to be given to its mobile money service called Mpamba. Read More
FEATURED STORYe-commerce space untapped, says phonekings head
E-commerce is the future, says the head of a new online electronics mall launched in Nigeria. Tayo Olusanya spoke to Kokumo Goodie in Lagos.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHVillagers get solar training at Barefoot College
The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India.