Archive for the ‘Telekoms & Providers’ Category

source: Mmegi
MBONGENI MGUNI
Staff Writer

With a 52.2 percent increase on the previous year, the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has posted year-end net profits of P181 million, the highest in 10 years.

The financials were released yesterday for the year ended March 31, 2010. BTC’s year-end results indicate that the utility’s net profits of P138.8 million in 2006 were the closest BTC came to this record-breaking performance.

The results also indicate that BTC’s operating revenues nearly touched the P1 billion mark at P958.4 million, up 14.7 percent from 2009.The parastatal was also able to shave P60 million off its debts for the year and halved the cost of its loans to [continue reading]

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source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

Mobile phone communication service provider, be MOBILE, says after shaking off a slowdown caused by the SIM card registration exercise, its customer base has bounced back to a growing trend and is now inching towards 300, 000.

Speaking to Mmegi on the sidelines of the launch of its latest offering, BTC Group General Manager (commercial service), said the parastatal began to experience a declining rate of growth in its customer base late last year.Anthony Masunga said the decline was caused by SIM card registration demanded by the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA).

BTC was launching Mobile Office Manager (MOM), its latest product, in Gaborone yesterday.

“But we have recovered now and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Frederick Kebadiretse
Staff Writer

Local network service provider, be MOBILE, will use this year’s Consumer Fair, that kicks-off today, to launch new products and services.

The announcement was made by BTC Group Communications Manager, Golekanye Molapisi, at a media briefing at Lekidi Football Centre in Gaborone recently.

Molapisi said the BTC group, which is made up of Telecomms, Botsnet and be MOBILE, will be taking its retail outlets to the show where customers will be able to pay their bills, buy and apply for products and services at their stall. It will also unveil their new P30 airtime voucher at the fair. “The new scratch card comes as a response to our customers’ repeated requests for an airtime denomination between the P20 and the P50 ones,” Molapisi said. “We understand how convenient this airtime voucher will [continue reading]

source: BOPA
19 March, 2010

GABORONE – The be Mobile cell phone bulk short message service (sms) shall facilitate information dissemination to the customers concerning the collection of Omang and passports that are ready to be collected, the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs said today.

Mr Peter Siele was speaking at the launch of be Mobile bulk SMS service partnership, which he said was another milestone in the ministrys customer centric strategies and enhanced collaboration with the private sector in the service delivery, especially those in the information technology and telecommunication industry.

Mr Siele noted that the ministry had in 2009 entered into a partnership with Mascom for delivery of information to the customers on the readiness for the collection of Omang cards.

He said the bulk sms proved to be beneficial to both the ministry and its customers. This information technology based service had attracted positive feedback since its cheap and time saving for the customers, Mr Siele said. Mr Siele said [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

Southern Africa fixed and mobile phone operators should seek to reduce international call costs by cutting down or scrapping termination and roaming charges between countries in a bid to increase traffic flows and revenues.

Speaking at the 10th SADC Telecommunications Operators Bilateral Meeting (STOBM) in Gaborone yesterday, newly appointed Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications Mabua Mabua said scrapping of these charges will benefit not only the operators through higher revenues from increased traffic flows but the consumers as well through lower tariffs.

Mabua who was the guest of honour at the meeting hosted by [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

High-flying CEO at Be mobile and Botswana Telecommunications Corporations, Thapelo Lippe was yesterday suspended from his post – indefinitely – as internal investigations against him began.

Mmegi understands the decision was taken by the Board at its meeting yesterday. Board chairman at BTC, Leon Makwinja would not immediately disclose the reason for the indefinite suspension of the CEO but told Mmegi that enquiries are on- going, and that they have not set a timeline for Lippe’s suspension.

“It is an internal matter and it will remain that, discussing the reasons for his suspension now would prejudice the case as he remains our employee,” Makwinja said in a brief telephone interview, adding that details would come out later today.

Although the nature of the investigations were not [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Kagiso Selabe
31.01.2010 8:24:12 P

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) and Zimbabwe’s cable telecommunications firm, PowerTel, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which the state utility outfit will provide PowerTel with Internet services as well as mobile net freeway.

Speaking before the signing of the memorandum, BTC Chief Executive Officer, Thapelo Lippe, said though the deal had taken a while to materialise, they were finally proud that they are going to work together with PowerTel in taking their services forward and Northward.

Duncan Pie, the BTC Head of Wholesale reiterated Lippe’s remarks adding that they saw it needful to expand their services into the region, hence having PowerTel on board.

“We chose PowerTel because of their expansive network services and strategies,” Pie said.

He also added that they had so far had a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
MONKAGEDI GAOTLHOBOGWE
Staff Writer

Over 300, 000 cellphone subscribers in Botswana will be de-activated and forced to buy new replacement simcards end of this month, the regulator confirmed yesterday amidst claims that the deadline for registration has been extended up to January 31st.

Although there have been reports that the deadline for simcard registration has been extended for 31 days, the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) spokesman Patrick Nyelesi yesterday told Mmegi they expect the unregistered 303, 368 subscribers to be de-activated and disconnected come month end. Botswana has slightly over two million mobile phone subscribers.

Nyelesi also added that only newly acquired simcards can be registered between now and January 31, adding that after this date any new simcard acquired will have to be registered before [continue reading]

source: BOPA
05 January, 2010

GABORONE – Over two million pre-paid mobile phone subscribers have registered their phone numbers.

Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA)s director of communications and public relations, Mr Twoba Koontse said of the registered subscribers, over a million are still in manual format, while over nine hundred thousand had their details captured electronically in the operators data base.

According to Mr Koontse, the public telecommunications operators being Botswana Telecommunications Corporation-be Mobile, Mascom Wireless and Orange Botswana have been allowed a period of 30 days to capture all manual registration into electronic format.

He clarified that the 30 days window is not an extension of the registration period and that those who failed to register during the registration period cannot be registered now. He explained that the move is just to give telecommunications operators a chance to capture all those that submitted their [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by AUBREY LUTE
Friday, 25 December 2009 16:10

The Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) has said the end of 2009 mark the end of a successful managed liberalisation process and heralds the beginning of full competition in the communication sector.

In its 2009 annual report, the Authority says it is working together with the parent Ministry to ensure that the transition to full competition is well managed so as not to create uncertainty for the players in the sector.

“The service-neutral licensing framework that has been the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
22 December, 2009

GABORONE – The December 31 deadline for registration of sim cards would not be extended.

Consequently, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr Frank Ramsden has urged pre-paid cell phone users to register their sim cards to avoid getting disconnected.

In his message yesterday, Mr Ramsden said mobile phone users should register their sim cards before the December 31 closure.

Therefore, unregistered subscribers have just under two weeks to register their sim cards, he said.

He said registration of sim cards will make up-to-date information on all mobile subscribers available saying it was important for the planning and the management of the spectrum and numbering resources.

In addition the exercise will help improve security of [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Morula Morula
13.12.2009 7:13:16 P

Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) has expressed disappointment that only a fraction of pre-paid mobile subscribers have registered their simcards despite the looming December 31 deadline.

The telecom regulator’s Public Relations Officer Twobar Koontse told Sunday Standard this week that only 15% of mobile phone users in the country have up to now registered.

“I have worked out the 15% from the numbers I got on 31 October and do not think there has been much change from then though mobile phone companies have told me about users who have registered their phones,” he said.

Koontse warned subscribers that there will be no extension for registration date end of this month saying subscribers were given more time than in other countries where similar exercise is taking place.

“To be precise, we have given them 15 months, which is three months more than a [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
BRIAN BENZA
Staff Writer

The mobile telephony market continues to grow albeit at a slower pace due to the global economic recession.

Figures availed by the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) show that the sector experienced a 26 percent growth between March 2008 and March 2009 compared to 29 percent in the previous period. The slower rate of growth is despite the entrance of the new player in the market, be Mobile.

According to the BTA Annual Report for 2009, the mobile telephony market grew from 1.48 million in March 2008 to 1.87 million in March this year. “The subscribers included those of the new entrant, be Mobile, which started operations in [continue reading]

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 13:22

Warns them against running competitions
BTA says mobile operators can run promotions subject to Botswana laws
The government through the Ministry of Trade and Industry has written to all three mobile operators, Orange, beMobile and Mascom warning them to desist from running competitions whereby subscribers win prizes by sending messages.

However observers say that mobile operators’ licenses should allow them to have value added activities such as promotions. They say this is the norm across a number of sectors such as chain stores.

Responding to questions from The Gazette, Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs Director, John Matsheng confirmed that the three mobile operators had been warned to stop running prize competitions as this amounts to gambling contrary to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
STAFF WRITER

Botswana’s biggest mobile phone operator, Mascom Wireless, has selected Russian firm Bercut to supply its Ring Back Tone solution.

According to results of a tender for the supply of a Ring Back Tone (RBT) solution announced by Mascom, Bercut’s X-tones was chosen as a solution to meet Mascom’s requirements and provide a service to ensure stable and increased revenues,”
Mascom CEO, Jose Vieira Couceiro, says in a statement.

“We have chosen Bercut X-tones for several reasons. We took into account the high service level promised by Bercut, which was proved by the references received from European telecommunications holding companies.”

The statement says Mascom also [continue reading]