BTC's 'very small' revolution
GAME CHANGER: Puleng explaining VSAT to interested farmers


Botswana Telecommunications Corporations’ Premium VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) Internet has been hailed as a futuristic investment which will revolutionise business, particularly farming.

Speaking at the just ended Sandveld Ranchers Farmers Day held at Xeatshaa Cattle Ranch, many farmers interviewed by Voice Money said BTC’s Internet solution makes doing business easy.

Away from civilization, the BTC Premium VSAT was the only hi-tech platform that kept the farmers in attendance connected with the rest of the world.

Speaking to Voice Money, Product Manager, Kamogelo Puleng explained that BTC Premium VSAT is a communication solution for providing high-speed satellite Internet service from anywhere.

“Thus it is the ideal choice for businesses operating in remote, temporal and emergency areas. This is a perfect solution for farmers who want to live connected. Farmers can now keep an eye on what is happening within their farms, even when they are away in the city,” she said.

Backing up Puleng’s statement, an impressed Richard Vaka said he fell in love with VSAT on the day it was launched.

“I went to the BTC offices to inquire further about the new solution and I immediately signed up to be connected.

“Life has never been easier for me! Now I’m connected to the entire world from my farm and I’m able to buy from my suppliers without even leaving the farm,” said the visibly excited farmer.

“This is a game changer. I encourage farmers to install the VSAT in their farms and enjoy the ease of doing business,” added Vaka.

Another commercial farmer, Tebogo Direng revealed she learnt about VSAT from her neighbor who sent her a message on WhatsApp from his farm.

“I wondered how he was able to that and that’s when he told me about VSAT!” Direng said, adding she was immediately sold on the idea and installed the solution in her farm.

“As a commercial farmer, one of the key things is to register cattle on bates and it has been a challenge since it was manually done. We had to go to Gaborone for that. But now with this all I need is my laptop and my farm worker can actually register the animals immediately after tagging them,” she noted.

Sharing the same sentiments was Keatshaba Matenje, a farmer from the Western Sandvelds.

Matenje said he also inquired about the BTC Premium VSAT immediately after its March 14 launch.

“I usually sell Brahman bulls and this solution has made my life easier as I can now transact from my farm,” stressed Matenje.

Through this technological transformation with competitive pricing and innovative packages, BTC has positioned itself as the network for the future.

The VSAT’s benefits include rapid deployment where at one-button deployment, the dish automatically deploys, locking on satellite and creating a high-speed network for any in-range computers, smartphones or other wireless devices.

The BTC Premium VSAT is built for extreme environments and can handle torrential rain and wind.

It can be easily integrated to complement, or extend any communications network, helping overcome geographical barriers, terrestrial network limitations and other constraining infrastructure issues.

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