Mascom unveils signature centre
BOTSWANA| July 6, 2012, 11:33 a.m.
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
Mascom Wireless Botswana has unveiled its technologically advanced Innovation Centre (MIC) which is its signature structure in the country to date.
During an interview with Biztechafrica, Bonolo Gababotse, Mascom’s Chief Technical Officer, said contrary to previous media reports, the centre is not going to be the headquarters for Mascom.
“This massive three storey infrastructure here is the new data centre for Mascom Wireless, which doubles up as the organisation’s technical hub as well,” he told Biztechafrica.
According to world ICT infrastructure rankings, this latest Mascom Innovation Centre has been awarded a tier 3 rating, meaning, the building has received a class two rating. Gababotse said there are 4 tier ratings, with tier 4 being the topmost while tier 1 is the least.
The centre has been built constructed at a “very secure environment, with most of the structures having followed rigorous environmental friendliness requirement," added Gababotse who also doubled as the tour guide around the complex.
The tower itself is was designed in such a way that it is an aesthetical embodiment of its surroundings, he says, thus making it environmentally friendly.
In addition, the shape of the tower is one of its kind in Africa and has moved away from the traditional palm-tree-look of the previous Mascom towers.
Since 1988 Mascom Wireless, Botswana’s leading telecommunications provider, has established a formidable history of innovation and customer service that is well-known and recognized throughout the country.
Providing the widest coverage in Botswana, Mascom reaches over 95% of the population, with a subscriber base of over 1.59 Million customers.
Mascom customers will be glad to hear that breakdowns in network transmission owing to power outages will be a thing of the past, because the new centre has taken care of all the technological glitches that might dent network operations.
On standby are two diesel generators with a 14 000 litre capacity each to provide backup 24 hours a day.
According to Barbara Tshipana, Mascom Wireless’ public relations and communications officer, the Mascom Innovation Center is a first of its kind in Botswana.
She says it includes several features that set it apart.
These, she says, include the following:
* it is an over USD25 million facility comprising a three-storey state of the art and highly modern design,
* a 54 metres high, 3 legged, very unique and iconic transmission telecommunications tower, and
* a building designed conscious of the environment with technologically advanced equipment installations
MORE BOTSWANA NEWS
Samsung hands Internet lab to Nxau-Nxau schoolSamsung has officially handed over a solar powered internet school laboratory to the remote Nxau-Nxau primary school. Read More
Gates, Youth Ministry in e-library service dealThe Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is extending its philanthropy gestures to Botswana libraries with an e-library service donation. Read More
BIH gauges Open Data readiness in BotswanaOpen Data could make a significant contribution to Botswana’s economic goals, and help re-assert Botswana’s traditional democratic credentials, a study has found. Read More
Btv tender won by Japanese firmBotswana Television (Btv) has handed a lucrative project to Hitachi Kokusai Linear Equipamentos Eletronicos (HKL) for the development of digital terrestrial television broadcasting transmitters. Read More
New sustainable housing from Innovation HubBotswana Innovation Hub has unveiled a prototype Sustainable Housing unit that has the potential to significantly improve the lives of people through its rapid deployment, solar renewable lighting, rain water catchment and use of local materials as value additions. Read More
Moremi School launches own ICT HubMoremi III Memorial School in Maun has launched its own Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub aimed at improving the status of education at the school. Read More
BTCL wraps up nationwide employee road showsAs part of the overarching awareness activities ahead of the much-anticipated Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL), the company has successfully completed a nationwide employee road show. Read More
2014 Orange Africa Prize goes to BotswanaThe 2014 Orange Africa Social Venture Prize has this year been awarded to a Botswana-based ICT professional whose winning project, Modisar, has been vying for recognition for a couple of years. Read More
Khama spells out ICT roadmap in SONAIn his first National Assembly address after his reelection, Botswana President Ian Khama told the nation that the implementation of the National Research, Science, Technology and Innovation policy (RSTI) has started. Read More
Inquest into politician’s death turns to satellite imagesAn inquest into the death of an opposition politician has seen the parties involved toying with the idea of using satellite image experts. Read More
FEATURED STORYGSMA: half a billion mobile subscribers in SSA by 2020
The number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will pass the half billion mark in 2020, says a new GSMA report.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.