BOFINET concludes Sekoma-Tsabong optic fibre project
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
The Botswana Fibre Networks (BOFINET) has successfully concluded its Sekoma-Tsabong route optical fibre project, which covers a distance of 360 kilometres. The tender was awarded to Dimension Data. The project for the which was initiated in February this year was completed well within the prescribed project time.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the project, the Minister of Transport and Communications Honorable Tshenolo Mabeo commended BOFINET for “providing diligent oversight and supervision in ensuring the completion of the project.
“In line with Vision 2016, it is envisioned that the National Maitlamo ICT policy will position Botswana for sustained growth in the digital age by serving as a key catalyst in achieving social, economic, political and cultural transformation within the country,” said Mabeo.
He added that a strong commitment to advancing ICT is one of government’s efforts to improve access to education, facilitate health care delivery, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations, strengthen citizen participation in government decision making and accessibility to people living with disabilities and other under represented members of the society.
Minister Mabeo also commended the contractor, Dimension Data, for the timely execution of the project and adherence to the quality standards and specifications in delivering the project. “The need for economy, effectiveness and efficiency in the execution of National Projects cannot be over-emphasized, and needs to be replicated as part of our broader efforts of ensuring sustained and timely delivery of essential goods and services to the public”
During the project overview, BoFiNet Chairman Gadzani Thangwane explained that the rationale of the fibre project was to implement a network that all service providers in the country could use to provide reliable and fast internet, data, as well as voice services to communities in the affected areas.
He continued that (the) “fibre optic cables are a special communication module used to carry data and information and is widely used by internet service providers and in the telecommunication systems.” According to him, the Sekoma-Tsabong Fibre Project entailed excavating and digging trenches along the 360 km route and it will benefit government offices, businesses, schools and individuals residing in those areas.
The ceremony was witnessed by concerned stakeholders in the ICT space and among others, the Minister of Education, Skills and Development Unity Dow, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Area MP France Van De Westhuizen, Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Transport and Communications Morekesi, National ICT Coordinator Dr Kereteletswe and Board Chairman of BOFINET Ratsela Mooketsi.
BOFINET is a wholesale provider of national and international telecommunication infrastructure. Its mandate is to provide and operate a world class telecommunications backbone network infrastructure which will drive connectivity and economic growth. BoFiNet services retail organizations in the telecommunications industry such as licensed Public Telecommunications Operators, licensed Value Added Network Service Providers and International Communications Operators/Carriers.