Thousands of Batswana living in remote communities will be brought online through a government project intended to bridge the digital divide between towns and rural areas.
The project, announced by Communications, Science and Technology Minister Pelonomi Venson ÔÇô Moitoi in parliament this week provides internet access to all government secondary schools and bring wired-less residents online.
Moitoi told parliament that the Department of Information Technology has a project to develop the Government Data network further. This project includes the provision of broadband internet service to all junior and senior secondary schools during the current financial year 2007/2008.”
The ministry has also partnered with Botswana Post to establish 24 community access centers (Kitsong Centers) in post offices, also during the current financial year. Services to be provided include internet access, photocopying, paper binding, laminating, faxing and printing.
The minister further revealed that the ministry “undertook a study to review the implementation of rural telecommunications. The study has been completed and implementation of Rural Telecommunications (NTELETSA 11) project has commenced in this current financial year 2007/8.”
The invitation to tender for the network provision has been issued and is expected that the project will be complete by December 2009.