Botswana utility firm considers opening up fibre network

20 Jan 2015

A trio of ICT consultants have recommended that the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) be allowed to open up its 850km fibre-optic backbone network to telecoms providers. According to a report from Mmwegi, South Africa-based Setics, Progressus of France and ICT Consultants of Botswana have told the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) that current legislation would allow BPC to sell spare fibre capacity to telcos if it were awarded a Public Telecommunications Operator (PTO) licence. The study was originally commissioned by BOCRA’s predecessor, the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA). BPC’s fibre infrastructure covers most urban areas in the eastern part of the country.