Thursday, March 4, 2021

Despite success, BOFINET sees room for roll out on a wider spread

The Chief Executive officer of the Botswana Fibre Network (BOFINET), Mabua Mabua has said there is still a significant need for limited connectivity and download speeds as well as larger volume data transmission.

Mabua is of the view that there is need for next generation reliable and resilient networks, gadgets as well as broadband affordability and availability.

He pointed out that ICT policy recognizes science and innovation adding that broadband strategy and plans that recognizes linking knowledge centres, innovation centers’ is a basic economic need.
“Infrastructure plans and deployment with open access, national and international coverage and unbundled broadband local access,” said Mabua Mabua.

He noted that government has investments in Submarine cables EASSY and WACS and done deployment of the national backbone infrastructure.

He said BOFINET mandate is that of a carrier of carriers.

He added that they drive connectivity costs of bandwidth down as well as focus on high capacity wholesale infrastructure development in the country.“We provide robust, reliable and resilient networks and we are your key partner in broadband connectivity,” said Mabua.

Mabua further spoke about the infrastructure which he said is of high capacity, a national fibre of more than 6,000km connecting all urban, suburban and other major rural locations adding that they have ownership in the EASSY and WACS undersea cable systems.

He said they provide robust, reliable and resilient networks. Mabua added that BOFINET also has points of presence in London, Djibouti (SEAME) and South Africa.

“BOFINET has plans and commitment of partnerships with BIH, knowledge and research centres to connect them and Botswana to the world. We deploy broadband infrastructure nationwide and deploy strategic points of presence worldwide to enable connectivity.”

For Africa, Mabua said there is need to facilitate connectivity between African innovation, knowledge and research centres and with other worldwide centres.

He added that innovation centre reduces barriers of distance and location between innovators and scientists and also facilitates collaboration with developed world. He is of the view that there is need to enable the rapid sharing of knowledge and virtual collaborations within and between continents as well as the need to have remote access to scarce scientific resources and instruments.
“Drivers of innovation are Universites as active drivers of innovation, academic entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial university and also university-industry partnerships. Other drivers are increased search for radical innovation and top-line growth as well as business needs or sociatal needs,” said Mabua.

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