BOFINET HOSTS 11th SATA SNO AFRICA MEETING

Botswana Fibre Networks (Pty) Ltd will be hosting the Southern Africa Telecommunications Association (SATA) - Service and Network Operations (SNO) conference from the 12th to the 14th July 2017 at Travel Lodge, Gaborone, Botswana. The conference is meant to bring together decision makers, and their stakeholders in one place to discuss and share best practice in the Information and Communications Technology environment relative to the Service and Network Operations in the region.

 

When welcoming delegates at the meeting, SATA Executive Secretary Jacob Munodawafa narrated the growth of technology standards, which the SNO platforms has had a chance to influence in the Southern Africa region. He further added that the meeting is important as it allows for exchange of ideas and solutions to transforming network technology in the region.

 

SNO Chairman Petros Dlamini encouraged SATA members to be more actives in regional and international forums so that they can be able to influence the direction of the technology industry. He also encouraged members to promote the involvement of women in ICT to bridge the gender gap in the industry and empower the girl child.

 

The focus of the conference is to discuss standardization relating to service management and network operations, deliberate on the industry problem areas and collectively come up with mitigation strategies and associated action plans. Key areas will include; standard for business processes in the industry, market competition and regulatory requirements including Service Level Agreements (SLAs) which require Network Management Systems to measure the service. Discussions will also exploit ways in which operators can bridge the gap between network infrastructure and service innovations.

 

The meeting was attended by delegates from Botswana’s BTCL and BoFiNet, representatives from Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia, South Africa (Infraco) and the Communications Regulatory Authority of Southern Africa.

 

BoFiNet and BotswanaPost partner to enhance the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup Experience

Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) in partnership with BotswanaPost are delighted to announce a partnership of which the two will provide free Wi-Fi internet worth P1,130,000.00 at the Netball World Youth Cup Games – Gaborone 2017 (NWYC2017). The Wi-Fi internet will appear under the ID ‘PosoCloud’. The sponsorship aims to enhance the experience of the World Cup for Batswana and international visitors.

BoFiNet and BotswanaPost found it befitting to support this historic event by such a sponsorship, which will also uplift the status of the Games and other important activities that emanate from hosting an event of this magnitude here in Botswana.

The sponsorship will enable people to stay connected at the venues and enjoy the use of fast and reliable Wi-Fi to share moments with the rest of the world as well as enable participants to work, communicate with their families and networks while appreciating the Games on a world-class internet connection.

BotswanaPost and BoFiNet are both committed to providing outstanding services and to supporting the growth of Botswana’s profile as a desired host for sporting events. The free Wi-Fi will be available at the two venues where the games will be held which are; the University of Botswana (UB) Indoor Sports Arena and Ditshupo Hall. It will also be available at the venues that will be used for NWYC2017 related activities which are “Las Vegas” – UB, International Netball Federation Board Meeting - Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC), the Botswana National Sports Council and the Athletes Village at Block 9.

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BOFINET DONATES COMPUTERS TO CURB TECHNOLOGICAL GAP

Botswana Fibre Networks recently donated 20 computers to Motsumi Junior Secondary School in Letlhakane. The computers were handed by public relations and marketing manager, Ms Shadi Linchwe in Letlhakane earlier this week. She stated that the role of technology in educational institutions like Motsumi JSS was critical and would support all the children to curb the technological gap.

Ms Linchwe said it was important for all the children to have the same access to education. Children in rural areas, she said, needed to be exposed to the same platform as those in urban areas. Teachers and students at Motsumi JSS, she said, have not been able to access internet due to their geographical location. Government she said have been trying it’s best to provide all schools with internet, through DIT but internet provided has not been sufficient to the users.

BoFiNet she said had made it possible for more learners to be able to occupy more computers during lessons and appreciate what using a machine to learn felt like. In addition BoFiNet had also deployed high speed WiFi to the school. The beneficiaries of the school she said would be browsing using five Mbps for a period of one year.

Ms Linchwe indicated that BoFiNet has provided the school with WiFi to able to use it on any gadget at anytime. Through internet, academic and behavioural results of all the children could change positively if both teachers, stakeholders and parents managed to monitor what the students use the internet for.

Ms Linchwe said it was an inherent right for every child to attend a decent school with the right resources and receive quality education. “It is often said that knowledge is power, but I don’t fully agree with that notion, knowledge is power only when utilised,” she added. She noted that young boys and girls needed to be fully equipped with knowledge by making use of internet and equipment at their disposal. Teachers, she said, should use internet and computers to better the students’ marks.

Ms Linchwe stated that the results of the current Form three students should depict the impact of having access to internet during the 2017 academic results.

The school head, Ms Janet Motsuminyane said their aim was to achieve excellence and to attain it, such resources as computers and internet were required. BoFiNet she said had answered their call and has heeded government’s call of adopt a school.

The PTA chairperson, Mr Jack Retlhatloleng said the computer donation would the boost moral of students.

The deputy school head, Ms Rachel Pule said the school laboratory has 25 computers with an average of 43 learners. The donation she said would remedy the situation, saying learners would use the gadgets to acquire information and use it in a productive manner. (BOPA)

 

Source:  BWgovernment Facebook page

Assistant Minister Van Der Westhuizen pleased with BoFiNet and Botswana Post

The Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Frans Van Der Westhuizen has expressed delight over the expansion of the National Fibre Backbone Network from Tsabong to Two Rivers, increasing the villages that are covered in the area. The Assistant Minister who is also the Area Member of Parliament – Kgalagadi South was speaking at a ceremony held in Bokspits to mark the completion of the fibre expansion project and opening of a new post office in the village.
“Ladies and gentlemen, even though these are two separate entities, Botswana Post and BoFiNet enjoy a symbiotic relationship. Some of the services provided in the Post Office are possible through the network that BoFiNet provides. Therefore it is important that where there is a post office, there is the BoFiNet network”, said Van Der Westhuizen.
The Assistant Minister also said that In these challenging times there is need to be cognizant of the need for economy, effectiveness and efficiency, in the execution of projects adding that both these projects are a testament of how collectively Government agencies are serving the people of Botswana, securing their future by providing transformative services that can deliver government services as well as enable economic activity in the region.
“To add to this, the need to ensure access to telecommunications services and products reflects Government’s commitment to not only bridging the digital divide between the rural and urban areas, but facilitating widened social and economic inclusion of the citizenry in the national development process. We are now living in an era where information is the currency and with these projects, we are bringing every Motswana closer to the rest of the world”, further said Van Der Westhuizen.
The scope of the project BoFiNet project entailed construction of the underground optical fibre cable from Tsabong to Two Rivers being a distance of 310km including the terminations to Middlepits and Bokspits borders. It also entailed surveying, planning, designing, installation and commissioning of the transport network in the route in order to establish connectivity of voice and data traffic to provide services in the respective villages.

Botswana Fibre Networks connects Schools in Kgalagadi South

Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet) believes in leaving a sustainable legacy in locations where it is implementing Fibre expansion projects as part of its corporate social responsibility strategy. Villages South of the Kgalagadi District recently benefitted from this initiative as we connected the following places; Middlepits Primary School, Kgolagano Secondary School, Struizendam Primary School, Ikaneng Primary school in Maubelo and the Bokspits Primary School.
These schools have been given connectivity of 5Mbps each for a period of one (1) Year. This underpins our objective to enhance learning and support the teaching environment, thus improving the academic performance in rural areas.
Following this donation, Botswana Fibre Networks Chief Executive Officer Mabua Lesego Mabua reiterated the company’s commitment to uplifting communities in which they operate more especially young people. “Our desire to develop the young generation in different areas leads us to target learning institutions for connectivity. We know very well that broadband connection in the schools is a learning aid and an opportunity for learners in rural areas to interact more with ICT”.
This connectivity donations were a result of the newly layered backbone fibre route called Tsabong – Two Rivers Backbone Fibre Expension Project. The villages which were covered under this project included Maubelo, Kolonkwaneng, Bogogobo, Middlepits, Gakhibane, Rapplespan, Vaalhoek, Bokspits and Struizendam. Services will be added and dropped in these villages leaving them with the capacity and capability to host high speed access network stations such as 3G and other wireless Technologies.

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