Wholesale Broadband Wi-Fi hotspots in public strategic areas in Botswana

Details of the organization
Universal Access & Service Fund
  • The organization has a strategy for coordinating WSIS Implementation at the national level: No
  • The organization has a national e-strategy: Yes

Information about the project
Wholesale Broadband Wi-Fi hotspots in public strategic areas in Botswana
Botswana Hotspots
In 2015 , the Universal Access and Service Fund (UASF) subsidised the national Facility Based Operator Botswana Fibre Networks (BOFINET) to provide Wholesale broadband WiFi hotspots in 32 public strategic areas (hospitals, shopping malls, bus terminals, immigration border posts, airports and government enclave) in 7 towns and cities in Botswana. BOFINET built the wholesale WiFi infrastructure which was then availed to retail internet service providers on a open access principle to provide reliable and affordable internet connectivity to consumers or end users. The project was centered around three main objectives as follows: • To promote usage of the .BW domain name, local content development, and the use of e-Government services in Botswana through provision of basic free Internet to consumers; • To connect super-fast Broadband (1Mbps per user) in the identified public strategic areas to achieve the target speeds of the National Broadband Strategy; and • To provide the public with easy access to secure and affordable Broadband services. All the hotspots are now operational and users are enjoying broadband services.
National implementation: Botswana
Ongoing from 12/01/2015 to 31/12/2018
Botswana Fibre Networks

WSIS information
* Information and communication infrastructure
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Project