Slow internet irks minister

GOVERNMENT

-
Image: Nonofo Molefhi, Minister of Transport and Communications. By BiztechAfrica
Nonofo Molefhi, Minister of Transport and Communications

By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana

Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Nonofo Molefhi, says he is aware that there was a problem of Internet speed in some areas nationwide, including villages in the Shoshong constituency.

The minister was responding to a question from Shoshong Member of Parliament (MP), Philip Makgalemele. He attributed the problem to limitations in the local access connectivity in some areas while some lacked broadband connectivity linking to the national high fibre backbone.

Molefhi stated that his ministry is currently working with service providers, the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), Mascom, Orange and Internet Service Providers (ISP) to extend and enhance broadband connectivity to all communities around the country. "In the long-term we are developing a National Broadband Strategy that will guide and inform the rollout of the broadband services to all communities," he said.

The strategy will be ready by the end of 2012/2013, with plans to start the implementation following completion, subject to the availability of funds. In a related response from Tswapong North MP, Prince Maele, who wanted to know if the ministry would install mobile phone towers in Malaka and Moletemane villages due to their strategic locations as tourism and agricultural bases, Molefhi said his ministry has consulted the three public telecommunication operators on the issue. 

The minister explained that other than Orange, both BTC and Mascom have plans to provide coverage in Malaka and Moletemane. BTC will address its Malaka coverage during the 2012/2013 financial year, while Moletemane coverage plan is scheduled for 2013/2014 fiscal year.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

Botswana to enhance education through Thutonet

Launching the Thutonet Governance Structure, Secretary of Education Reforms, Taboka Nkhwa, said for Botswana to make any appreciable progress in its socio-economic development efforts, substantial resources should be directed at improving educational delivery. Read More

Kenya to digitally register all citizens afresh

Kenya plans to digitally register all citizens as part of national planning and the war against terrorism. Read More

Botswana passes electronic transaction, communications bill

The Botswana Parliament has passed the Electronic Communications and Transactions Bill, which gives legal recognition to electronic transactions. Read More

Angola stimulates ICT innovation in government

The Angolan Government is seeking to boost the use of ICTs in public service administration and service delivery through its ‘Innovate’ programme for the public sector. Read More

Kenyan Deputy President takes to Twitter

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto took to Twitter today, to interact with Kenyans on the platform for the first time. Read More

Nigeria, China sign power MoU

A consortium of companies in Nigeria and a Group of top-rate Chinese investors have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on power plant projects, including the assembling and manufacturing of pre-paid power meters.  Read More

Cofek challenges Kyalo appointment

Cofek has challenged the appointment of the Information, Communication and Technology Authority Chief Executive, Mr Victor Kyalo. Read More

Therisanyo gets e-learning centre

John Moir and Kagiso Molatlegi Samsung Technologies has handed over an e-learning centre to Botswana's Therisanyo Primary School. Read More

Rwanda seeks device financing models

Didier Nkurikiyimfura Rwanda’s MYICT says it is engaging with stakeholders on financing models that enable Rwandan citizens to buy internet access devices. Read More

Battle for Kenya's Digital TV goes to Supreme court

Digital TV Migration The Kenya government has moved to the Sureme court to contest a court of Appeal that extended a planned digital migration to end of September 2014. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN Business

FEATURED STORY

Kenyan bloggers get their act togetherKenyan bloggers get their act together

Bloggers seem to be gaining a formidable position in Kenya’s online media fraternity, reports Semaj Itosno.

IN DEPTH

E-waste threatens Ghana’s beachesE-waste threatens Ghana’s beaches

Many beaches in Ghana, already stressed by pollution and poor maintenance, are now facing a new threat: e-waste.

COMPANY NEWS

Further African expansion for Phoenix

Phoenix Distribution, a leading broad-based distributor on the African continent, has expanded its office in Nairobi, Kenya, in a move to better serve its partners in East ...