The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has reported that demand for high-speed internet services has led to increased uptake of fixed broadband.
BTC Board Chairperson, Lorato Boakgomo-Ntakhwana, explained that “Fixed voice telephony penetration and usage remained stagnant throughout 2021-22; however, rising demand for high-speed internet services and our competitively priced fibre broadband plans have been driving uptake of fixed broadband (FBB).”
Ntakhwana confirmed that post-COVID-19 return of trade had spurred international fixed voice calling.
The firm said it has managed to keep the momentum with competitive pricing, although mobile voice revenue has taken a knock due to the increased use of third-party Over-the-Top (OTT) services.
Ntakhwana said, “We have embarked on extending and expanding our 4G Network coverage which should promote mobile video calling and partially offset voice revenue losses we are currently encountering.”
She added that the increase in mobile broadband during the past two years had been driven by COVID-19 restrictions, which fuelled demand for high-quality internet connection.
According to media reports, BTC has 700 mobile base station sites distributed across the country, with over 500 LTE/4.5G-enabled.
BTC seeks to improve and grow broadband services by deploying Fibre-to-the-Business (FTTB) and Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) technologies to utilise existing copper line plants as well as introduce Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) technology in some areas.
Ntakwana added that “the targeted deployment areas are the brownfields that already have passive cabinets that extend more than 1.2km from existing BTC exchanges.”