BTC Group has reduced its Wholesale Internet Bandwidth (BOTSGATE) prices by up to fifty nine percent (59%) effective from 1 August 2012 as a result of the commissioning of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) – undersea cable.
BTC’s BOTSGATE service is unique and the only Internet Access Provider in Botswana that has international connectivity to multiple submarine fibre optic cables.
BTC Group CEO, Paul Taylor says in a statement that the reduction has therefore allowed BTC to subsequently pass on the cost benefit of reliable internet accessibility to its valuable wholesale customers.
“The expectation is that BTC Wholesale customers being Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Value Added Network Services (VANs), Public Telephony Operators(PTOs) including BTC Retail will in turn pass on the cost benefit to the end customer and have them enjoy reduced pricing on broadband services.”
Taylor says broadband access should no longer be looked upon as a luxury but a right to be enjoyed by all citizens. WACS is a 14,500km submarine fibre optic cable system, with 14 landing stations which will link countries in Southern Africa, Western Africa and Europe; providing many African countries with their first direct international submarine-cable connectivity.
The undersea cable system carries data, voice and video provides faster and cheaper internet connectivity, thus enhancing Botswana’s international connectivity by providing the nation with high quality and reliable Internet/telephony services.