5G technology hits Botswana shores

Mascom Wireless has been applauded for contributing to government’s digitisation strategy by pioneering the introduction of 5G technology in Botswana.

Speaking at the launch in Gaborone yesterday, Minister of Transport and Communications Mr Thulagano Segokgo said the technology, the first of its kind in Botswana, signified a new era for the telecommunications industry.

“The ministry recognises the importance of 5G technology in the digitalisation agenda of an economy like
ours taking into account the five accelerators for digital investment which are 5G, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Big Data and Internet,” he said.

Mr Segokgo noted that digitalisation was one of the Reset Agenda’s key priority areas because of its potential to unlock and foster high productivity in the wake of devastating health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said government had committed itself to deliver quality services to all citizens since the formulation of
Telecommunications Policy in 1996.

The policy, he said, proclaimed that access to basic telecommunication services was a citizen’s right and must be available to all regardless of geographical location and at an affordable price.

Minister Segokgo said Mascom, through 110 Kitsong centres set up across the country, had played a key role in terms of bridging the digital divide between urban and rural areas.

Mascom chief executive officer Ms Dzene Makhwade-Seboni said the launch of 5G technology was a milestone for both her organisation and Botswana.

“We believe with the launch of 5G we are set to unlock opportunities and offerings for the betterment of Botswana,” she said.

Ms Makhwade-Seboni said connectivity drove socioeconomic digital transformation adding that with
its unprecedented connectivity capabilities, 5G would take the society to a whole new level.

The benefit of 5G was high speed wireless connection with incredibly low latency (time taken for data to be captured, transmitted and processed through multiple devices), she explained.

To get a taste of 5G, guests at the event were given an aerial view of Phakalane suburb, where Mascom Innovation Centre is located, through a 360 VR Drone. BOPA