BoFiNet growth to lower internet prices
Newly established Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) has promised end users to expect a significant reduction of internet connection soon.
Ludo Mogegeh, the BoFiNet Business Development Manager, told a stakeholder breakfast seminar held in Phakalane this week that the reduction would be determined by their ongoing negotiations with suppliers.
“We are busy working with some of our suppliers to find a way to manage the costs so that we can manage to further bring down the prices,” she said.
Mogegeh who also revealed that the company had since launched three products since their inception less than four months ago said end users will enjoy the benefits of lower prices in the not so distant future.
BoFiNet is a wholesale provider of telecommunications products, distributing to retail telecommunication companies already in existence in Botswana such as BTC, Mascom and Orange and does not sell directly to end users while Mascom is Public Telecommunications Operator (PTO).
BoFiNet which is headed by Mabua Mabua, who is the former National ICT Co-ordinator is a commercial entity that is expected to improve the knowledge and accessibility of network and provide fibre to the PTO to access the triple play of mobile voice, data and internet.
Mabua told the breakfat meeting that it was important for BoFiNet to achieve lower prices in order to prevent customers from buying from competitors in other countries.
When explaining the company’s expansion plan, BoFiNet’s Chief Engineer Mpho Koolese, said they were in the process of deploying smaller transmission systems in order to help smaller operators who are in the process of setting up their start-up networks.
“We are at implementation stage covering in excess of 70 sites around the country,” he said.
Due to the massive fibre infrastructure that BoFiNet has, Koolese says, they will be able to cover the first 70 sites will be covered by the end of the year and also expand to other peripheral areas that do not have fibre coverage.
In such areas, he says, they will temporarily provide wireless before migrating into fibre in the long term.
“If you look into routes like Sekoma to Bokspits, they are serviced through radio limited capacity and we are not able to cover those areas.
We’re planning to upgrade those to fibre such that we’ll be able to deliver all services that that we offer in Gaborone,” he said.
BoFiNet, according to Koolese, are also planning to expand to Asia, India and New York in order to provide additional capacity and improve user connectivity.