Botswana Fibre Networks (BOFINET) has launched Wi-Fi hotspot at the Gaborone bus rank. BOFINET earlier began the process of rolling out what is called Fibre To The X (FTTx), which involves equipping high density areas with Wi-Fi infrastructure to enable Internet Service providers (ISPs) to easily offer services to their customers.
Places that have been selected to be installed with the infrastructure will be known as Botswana Hotspots and includes shopping malls, bus ranks, airports, government enclave and hospitals. The Minister of Transport and Communications, Tshenolo Mabeo, said the infrastructure will provide capability to offer reliable internet connectivity.
He said the move by BOFINET to roll out FTT x ushers the country into a new era of high speed and reliable bandwidth. It is said that the equipment will allow connectivity to reach a speed of 300 megabytes per second per customer. Mabeo said the cost delivery of internet infrastructure is meant to allow the ISPs to respond to their customers’ needs with ease due to the availability of the equipment provided for them.
According to the minister, such developments will provide the country with an opportunity to be at par with other countries as far as competitiveness is concerned. He said that the successful utilisation of ICTs will lead to economic growth and global competitiveness. Kagiso Mere of 4Site, who spoke on behalf of the ISPs, urged the public to use the internet wisely. He said as much as the benefits of the internet cannot be ignored and can also serve as a dangerous place if not used properly.
Mere said the public should use the internet for things that will benefit them as people and also by extension, the country. Places that will be connected with FTTx in Gaborone include the bus rank, main mall, Riverwalk and Princess Marina Hospital.