Botswana is next to benefit from Gateway Communications’ SADC terrestrial network initiative
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Gateway Communications, the leading supplier of pan-African telecommunications services, has continued to work on its ambitious plans for bringing sub-sea connectivity inland across the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The most recent country to benefit from this successful initiative is Botswana, with capacity from SAT-3 being brought into Gaborone securely via South Africa.
Customers in Botswana, a country which currently has an Internet penetration of about 6% (ITU, 2011), can now access high-speed, reliable connectivity. Recent research studies have concluded unequivocally that improved capacity will also positively impact the growth of the country’s main economic sectors including mining, tourism and agriculture.
“During our recent industry panel discussion held in Johannesburg, South Africa, it was clear that a huge challenge to pan-African connectivity is bringing capacity from sub-sea cables to landlocked countries,” comments Mike van den Bergh, CEO of Gateway Communications. “Through this innovative project, we will make sure that the benefits of high speed services are available to everyone using our pan-African network. This brings us closer to our goal of ensuring that every country in Africa has access to cost-effective and reliable capacity.”