Mascom Wireless Botswana (Pty) Ltd., is the number 1 mobile network providing world class and affordable telecommunication services in the country. Mascom is a joint venture between domestic, regional and international partners. Portugal Telecom is the management partner. Mascom was licensed on February 17th 1998 as one of the two companies to establish, maintain and operate a GSM Mobile network in this country. The Mascom network was launched five weeks after licensing, establishing a reputation of credibility and has been the market leader from then on. Mascom has established a formidable history in just over 13 years of operations in Botswana. Mascom has gone on to introduce GPRS/EDGE network coverage that spans 90% of the population, and lately 3G/HSDPA covering the city of Gaborone.