The number of mobile phone customers in Botswana reached 3.08 million at the end of December 2012, an increase of 5.5% from 2.92 million at the start of the year, according to a report by Mmegi Online, which cites statistics from the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA). Botswana is home to three mobile network operators, namely: Mascom Wireless, a subsidiary of the South African-based MTN
Group; France Telecom-owned Orange Botswana (formerly known as Vista Cellular); and BTC
Mobile (beMobile), the wireless arm of fixed line incumbent Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC). Meanwhile, total fixed lines in service, provided by BTC
, totalled around 160,500 last year, according to the report.