The government of Botswana has announced that the country will be introducing several measures geared at helping the country extend its connectivity reach and achieve digital equity.
According to Botswana’s Minister of Communications, Knowledge and Technology, Thulagano Segokgo, the government plans to extend the geographical coverage of mobile signals and levels of penetration to increase the reach of fixed services in rural and previously under-serviced areas.
The Minister also mentioned that his Ministry will assess various ISPs and MNOs to “consider favourable packages accessible to consumers” and stated that his Ministry will look at other policy measures to reduce the input costs for operators while reducing tariffs.
The government’s latest strides in connectivity measures have emerged amid the ongoing rollout of an official rural connectivity programme to equip more than 500 villages with digital infrastructure, culminating in services available at kgotla (customary court), clinics, schools and remote areas.
According to the Minister, the project is expected to transform the public sector to efficiently provide services to citizens and entities while reforming the education system, focusing on building the human capital toward a knowledge-based economy.
Speaking on the ongoing connectivity efforts, the Minister said, “Connectivity is simply a human right. The connectivity efforts are supported by the development of government’s online services, some of which are scheduled to be officially launched in June. “