Communications in Botswana

Communications in Botswana

Communications in Botswana

A fiber-optic telecommunications network has been completed in Botswana connecting all major population centers.

In addition to the government-owned newspaper and national radio network, there is an active, independent press (six weekly newspapers). Two privately owned radio stations began operations in 1999. At the end of July 2000, the government-owned Botswana Television (BTV) was launched, which is Botswana's first national television station. It began broadcasting with 3 hours of programming on weekdays and 5 on weekends, and offers news (Setswana and English), entertainment, and sports, with plans eventually to produce 60% of its programming locally. Foreign publications are sold without restriction in Botswana, and there are three commercial Internet service providers. Two cellular phone providers cover most of the country.

Telephones - main lines in use:
*132,000 (2005) [CIA World Fact Book]
*131,000 (September 2001)
*78,000 (1998)

"'Telephones - mobile cellular 1,000,000

system:"' [CIA World Fact Book]
"general:" the system is expanding with the growth of mobile cellular service and participation in regional development
"domestic:"small system of open-wire lines, microwave radio relay links, and a few radiotelephone communication stations; mobile cellular service is growing fast
"international:"two international exchanges; digital microwave radio relay links to Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Indian Ocean)

Radio broadcast stations:
*AM 8, FM 13, shortwave 4 (2001) [CIA World Fact Book]
*AM 7, FM 15, shortwave 5 (1998)

Radios:237,000 (1997)

Television broadcast stations:
*1 (2001) [CIA World Fact Book]
*0 (1997)

*80,000 (2006)
*31,000 (1997)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
*11 (2001)
*2 (1999)

Internet users:60,000 (2002) [CIA World Fact Book]

ADSL has been introduced in the following areas:
Gaborone, Tlkokweng, Mogoditsane, Phakalane, Francistown, Lobatse, Palapye, Maun, Kasane, Selibe-Phikwe, Letlhakane, Jwaneng, Orapa

Country codes: BW


External links

* [ GSM World page on Botswana]
* [ PanAfriL10n page on Botswana]

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