Botswana Telecommunications Corporations (BTC) reduces the internet prices

According to a statement from BTC, the prices of dedicated internet to its business customers have been reduced by up to 46 percent depending on capacity and contract duration. Retail ADSL Broadband connection service - direct sales to businesses and residential customers - has been reduced by up to 27 percent.

In August last year, BTC slashed its wholesale internet bandwidth prices by 59 percent due to the commissioning of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) undersea cable. The cable links South Africa with the United Kingdom (UK) along the west coast of Africa, covering a distance of 14,000km.

WACS became the latest submarine cable system to hit local shores since the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy). EASSy went live early last year, immediately lowering internet and mobile costs and allowing a five-year plan for further reductions. With a data rate of 5.12 terabits per second, WACS will be superior to EASSy, which at 3.8 terabits per second is already among the fastest in the world.

With Botswana having no direct link to the sea, government partnered with Namibia to each raise US$37.5 million (P277.5 million) to 'buy into' the project with other countries. Botswana and Namibia thus own 9.2 percent of the project, which will be operated on an open access policy with other stakeholders.  Recently BTC revised its policy on cost of works and will not charge wholesale customers for up to P50 000 after the launch of Wholesale Metro Ethernet, ADSL Connect and Botsgate internet services.

However, customers have been complaining that BTC offers poor services.  Speaking at the launch of the BTC wholesale products recently, BTC group general manager Anthony Masunga said BTC has come up with a policy that improves customer service.

The fulla article can be found at: http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=4&aid=391&dir=2013/January/Friday18

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