Latest developments in Botswana.
>Date: Tue, 19 Nov 1996 17:38:42 -0200
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>>From :The Botswana Gazette of 20 November 1996
>Botswana connected to internet
>BOTSWANA Telecommunications Corporation last week started connecting
>customers to the internet, and is in the process of issuing private radio
>station licences and introducing cellular phones.
>In the past, to surf the website or communicate through the electronic
>mail, locals had to phone through South Africa because BTC did not offer
>internet services. Now surfers will only have to go through the BTC.
>BTC is also processing applications by Radio Gaga and Mmegi Publishing
>Trust for licences to open private radio stations it was revealed at a BTC
>press conference last week.
>This follows a High Court ruling in September that the BTC has the power to
>issue broadcasting licences.
>Mr Patrick Gunda of Radio Gaga had taken the corporation to court after it
>had refused to give him a broadcasting licence saying BTC does not issue
>The BTC may also introduce cellular phones soon. The corporation had
>invited 20 companies identified international consultants, Price
>Waterhouse to tender for joint venture partnership with BTC to provide
>BTC Chief Executive Mr Olebile Gaborone told journalists that SBC of
>America, Telia of Sweden, Vodacom of South Africa and Telekom Malaysia of
>Malaysia responded and were invited to make presentations.
>He said "negotiations are going on full steam with two of the above
>companies." He however would not disclose the names of the two companies.
>BTC is also planning to introduce a Toll Free (0800) service next year.
>This allows a company to pay for incoming calls from customers, allowing
>the customer to make a free call.
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