BTCL, SA’s Vodafone seal partnership

By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) and South African based Vodafone have signed a non-equity partnership agreement. According to contents of a statement availed to biztechafrica, under the non-equity partnership agreement, BTCL will become Vodafone's preferred partner in Botswana. This means then that the two companies will jointly offer a range of products and services to business and consumer customers in the country.

As a result of this agreement, BTCL will subsequently benefit from access to Vodafone best practice and as well as access the South African based company’s products and services to enhance its value proposition to customers.

"Vodafone's multinational corporate customers will benefit from the addition of Botswana to their existing contracts for international managed services, while continuing to be serviced via a single point of contact," said the statement

Vodafone which operates in approximately 30 countries and partners with networks in over 50 countries enters into a deal with BTCL which operates a fixed telephone line and mobile network beMobile. beMobile is one of the three mobile networks in Botswana.

Vodafone Partner Markets Chief Executive Stefano Gastaut explained that the deal will see the company’s footprint grow. "This strategic partnership with BTCL for Botswana will enable us to expand the reach of our products and services within Africa and extends our footprint to 55 markets worldwide. It will also deliver enhanced roaming benefits for BTCL's consumer and multinational corporate customers."

BTCL’s Managing Director Paul Taylor said he was elated and hoped the deal will take his organisation further. "We are delighted to have entered into the non-equity strategic partnership with a global player of Vodafone's standing. The partnership will allow us to better differentiate against competition, delivering innovative communications solutions for the benefit of our customers and visitors to Botswana. Vodafone, on the other hand, will draw on BTCL's extensive network coverage."

Meanwhile, Multichoice South Africa is planning to block Illegal viewing of their channels In Botswana Multichoice  Botswana CEO, Billy Sekgororoane says their South African counterparts are working on blocking the illegal viewing of their DSTV channels by some Batswana who subscribe for the service in South Africa.

Speaking on the sidelines of a media meet-and-greet session yesterday, he said they will take action against Batswana subscribing in neighboring South Africa. "First of all it is illegal... Multichoice South Africa will take action against people who falsify their identities and addresses in order to have illegal viewing" warned the CEO.

 Sekgororoane reiterated that subscribing in another country is illegal as it is done by falsifying information. Asked to comment on concerns of offering less content in Botswana, Sekgororoane said the packages are the same with the exception of public broadcast channels.

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