BTCL exhibits at Global Expo

By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporations Limited took time out from its IPO woes to exhibit at the just ended Botswana Global Expo, an annual event organised by the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC).

The company participated at the Global expo as the Gold sponsor of the Wi-Fi service and showcased amazing product offers for the event target market. The BTCL stall was designed with its anchor products forming part of the panel décor. The product during the exhibition included the following:

Broadband, which proved to be great value to the BTCL customers at large as it had many capabilities that almost any sector of the market can draw benefits from.  The company has since rebranded its Broadband services to appeal to both individuals and businesses throughout the country regardless of whether they are within the set BTCL network map. According to BTCL, the service comes in two categories which are Wireless Broadband which does not require a landline and Wired Broadband, which is supported by a landline.

The other products on the exhibition stall included the company’s PABX service. BTCL says this is a service that is intended to help Small and Medium Enterprises run smartly. The product on exhibition has been re-branded “Small Office PABX” and comes with four lines of eight extensions. “The service provides the business with a call management system that enables the company management to better monitor their calls. With this service, one will never miss a business opportunity,: said a BTCL informant during the expo.

BTCL has also introduced ‘superb’ handsets which come with “lots’ of airtime which one can use to call all networks as well as sms and data benefits.

In the recent days, the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation had started a country-wide journey to drum up enthusiasm among members of the public to buy its shares through the Initial Public Offer (IPO).

Speaking at the BTCL IPO Awareness Pitso in Gaborone, Molefhi said the listing of the company is historic and will offer Batswana the opportunity to own a piece of the business which has proven to be the building block of this economy.

“This is an opportunity for all Batswana and we welcome and invite participation from all. For that to happen Batswana must have a strong understanding of what an IPO mean and how it will affect their lives. An IPO is the first offer by a company of its shares for sale to members of the public. Government is offering 49 percent of the shares of BTCL through this IPO of which 5 percent has been reserved for BTCL employees. The remaining 51 percent of the shares will be retained by government,” said the Minister.


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