BOFINET COMMITS TO A NEW DIRECTION – LAUNCHES STRATEGY 2020

Botswana Fibre Networks officially launched its BoFiNet Strategy 2020 on the 6th of September 2017 in Gaborone, Botswana. The strategy launch was to highlight the new pillars and goals set by the organization to be achieved between financial years 2017/18 to 2019/20.

BoFiNet’ s Strategy 2020 is guided by three strategic themes, being; 

Strategic Theme 1: National Broadband Coverage. 

Strategic Theme 2:  Service and Operational Excellence. 

Strategic Theme 3:  Operational Sustainability.

 

When launching the strategy, Chairman of the BoFiNet Board of Directors Ratsela Mooketsi said that it was important to reflect on where we started as an organization and where we want to be in the future. “Having been established in 2013, we can look back with pride on the strides we have made thus far. We started as a very small organization with a big mandate to implement. As I speak to you, we have deployed and continue to deploy broadband infrastructure in almost all the four (4) corners of the country”.

He further pointed out that BoFiNet realises that ‘doing business as usual’ is not an option anymore, one has to be creative to ensure that they get the lion’s share of the market. 

Mr. Mooketsi also implored BoFiNet staff to put the customer at the centre of their activities. “The Customer Satisfaction Survey that we undertook last year pointed to certain areas that need improvement; issues around stakeholder engagement, issues around service quality on the end-user side and issues of pricing were among those that need to be seriously looked into, hence our renewed commitment, through this strategy, to address them.”, added Mooketsi.

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)

 

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