Botswana Fibre Networks Limited (BoFiNet) was officially launched last week amid jubilation as Transport and Communications, Minister, Nonofo Molefhi unveiled the company’s logo.
Held at the new BoFiNet offices in Gaborone’s New Central Business District, the event saw the introduction of the BoFiNet brand and products in addition to the official opening of the BoFiNet offices.
BoFiNet is a wholesale provider of telecommunications distributing to retail telecommunication companies already in existence in Botswana such as BTC, Mascom and Orange, amongst others, and does not sell directly to end users.
BoFiNet was established in 2012 following Government separation of the incumbent operator, BTC, into two separate organizations: BoFiNet, and BTC Ltd.
The latter will be partially privatized once the separation is complete, while BoFiNet is wholly owned by the Botswana Government.
Molefhi said BoFinet is an infrastructure company which will serve as a carrier of carriers, a new development in the history of ICT in Botswana.
“As a Ministry seeking to optimise efficient use of resources we believed that there was more value to be rendered from BTC Limited’s fibre optic network capacity and the Government-owned international connectivity infrastructure,” he said.
Speaking at the launch BoFiNet CEO, Mabua Lesego Mabua, made clear the organization’s mandate to provide and operate a world class telecommunications backbone network infrastructure.
He said the creation of BoFiNet followed the vision of the Botswana Government through the Ministry of Transport and Communications to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) that will become both a national and regional cloud service provider.
In recent years, Mabua said, government has supported three significant relevant investments, which will all move to be managed by BoFiNet.
Such he said are, the development of the National Fiber Network, in particular in the trans-Kalahari region and metro fibre networks in Gaborone and Francistown, acquisition of stakes in the EASSy and WACS submarine cables.
“BoFiNet provides an average of at least 10–12 fibre pairs, allowing for maximum efficiency and capability, as compared to the single fibre pair and single wavelength on the Trans-Kalahari ring previously provisioned by BTC.
There is also a potential for alternative revenue generation for the Botswana Government through regional transit services and utilization of excess capacity on the International assets.
We’re pleased to have officially launched and now look forward to the great things to come out of BoFiNet,” concluded Mabua.