Botswana Information and Communications Technology Statistics for Q4 2020 have been released and a new trend has emerged especially with the fixed telephone calls. The stats contain figures relating to ICT infrastructure and services, as well as the contribution of Information and Communication Technology Sector to the economy.

Figures show fixed telephone line subscriptions increased by 0.5 percent in Q4 2020 to 140,003, compared to 139,281 in Q3 2020. While Mobile cellular telephone subscriptions increased by 0.4 percent from 3,813,195 recorded in Q3 2020 to 3,829,408 in Q4 2020.

Internet subscriptions increased as well, by 6.8 percent in Q4 2020, from 2,144,247 in Q3 2020 to 2,290,332. In Q4 2020, fixed telephone to mobile telephone domestic calls traffic rose by 11.0 percent while mobile telephone to fixed telephone domestic calls traffic decreased by 38.7 percent.

On the other hand, outgoing international calls from fixed telephones went up by 13.4 percent, while those from mobile telephones increased by 52.9 percent. The contribution of Postal and Communications Services Sector to the economy stood at 3.0 percent of Gross Domestic Product at current prices in Q4 2020. The sector’s value added at current prices amounted to P1, 444.0 million.

Again, fixed telephone lines subscriptions slightly increased by 0.5 percent in Q4 2020. “They rose from 139,281 subscriptions registered in Q3 2020 to 140,003 in Q4 2020. Mobile cellular telephone subscriptions realized a marginal increase as well to 3,829,408 from 3,813,195 in Q3 2020, an increase of 0.4 percent.

Comparing Q4 2020 to the same quarter of 2019 (Q4 2019), both fixed telephone lines and mobile cellular telephone subscriptions went down by 1.3 and 4.2 percent respectively In Q4 2020, both pre-paid and post-paid mobile cellular telephone subscriptions increased,” said Burton Mguni the Statistics Botswana head in a statement on the ICT landscape in the country.

As expected, pre-paid mobile cellular telephone subscriptions increased by 0.3 percent to 3,688,472 in Q4 2020 from 3,678,386 in Q3 2020. Post-paid mobile cellular telephone subscriptions rose by 4.5 percent to 140,936 from 134,809 recorded in Q3 2020. The total internet subscriptions (i.e. mobileinternet plus fixed internet subscriptions) rose by 6.8 percent in Q4 2020 from 2,144,247 in Q3 2020 to 2,290,332.

Analysis of the two types of internet subscriptions shows that mobile internet subscriptions increased by 7.0 percent from 2,093,386 in Q3 2020 to 2,240,166 in Q4 2020, while fixed internet subscriptions went down by 1.4 percent from 50,861 in Q3 2020 to 50,166 in Q4 2020. Compared to the same quarter of the previous year, Q4 2020 registered an increase of 13.0 percent in total internet subscriptions.

Mobile internet subscriptions increased by 14.0 percent while fixed internet subscriptions declined by 19.2 percent during this period. Telephone traffic comprises of Domestic calls, International calls and Short Message Service (SMS). On-net fixed telephone domestic calls traffic (Fixed telephones to fixed telephones) increased by 4.6 percent in Q4 2020; from 1,247.0 million calls made in Q3 2020 to 1,304.8 million.

Off net fixed telephone domestic calls traffic (Fixed telephones to mobile cellular telephones) went up by 11.0 percent in Q4 2020; from 1,630.5 million calls registered in Q3 2020 to 1,810.2 million. With regard to mobile cellular telephone domestic calls traffic, on-net traffic increased by 3.2 percent in Q4 2020 while off-net traffic decreased by 20.8 percent.

Mobile cellular telephone calls to fixed telephones traffic decreased by 38.7 percent in Q4 2020. International calls outgoing from fixed telephones rose by 13.4 percent in Q4 2020, from 108.0 million in Q3 2020 to 122.5 million. Outgoing international calls from mobile cellular telephones increased by 52.9 percent in Q4 2020 compared to those made in Q3 2020, from 6.9 million to 10.5 million calls. On-net and off-net short message services (SMS) went up by 3.5 and 2.8 percent respectively in Q4 2020.

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