Botswana Power Corporation Asks for Telecommunications Operator License

Published By : 19 Jan 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The national broadband strategy report of Botswana has recommended the sanction of the application by the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) to utilize its wide-ranging fiber network to make telecommunications services available. The broadband strategy report by three consultants states that Botswana Power Corporation should be given a license to operate telecommunications services because the present legal framework is enough competent of accommodating the arrangement without any modification.

The report by three ICT consultants, South Africa based Satic, France based Progressus, and ICT Consultants of Botswana, was prepared for the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA), which is the predecessor of the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA).

Botswana Power Corporation management went through a feasibility study to evaluate the practicability of establishing an entity that would use the extra fiber capability to provide telecommunications services. The study evaluated and reviewed various models and finally concluded that this kind of undertaking would be workable. Their favored model is that of a Public Telecommunications Operator (PTO).

Botswana Power Corporation is the owner of around 850 km of fiber optic cable that covers most of the main urban regions and larger villages on the eastern side of the nation. Botswana Power Corporation management has finished submissions to the board, to the government, and to Botswana Telecommunications Authority, where they have requested for the authorization to utilize the extra capability in the network to supply better telecommunications services.

The ICT consultants have recommended that infrastructure of Botswana Power Corporation to be made available to other telecommunications providers and operators because this would make an important contribution to the available broadband infrastructure in Botswana.
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