Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFINET), which was established last year following the separation of fixed line incumbent Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), has been officially launched as a provider of wholesale telecoms services, reports the Sunday Standard. The newly created state-owned company is responsible for operating the country’s nationwide backbone infrastructure, which includes the Trans-Kalahari fibre-optic network and the Gaborone-Francistown loop, as well as managing the government’s participation in the Eastern Africa Submarine System (EASSy) and the West Africa Cable System (WACS). BoFINET will serve telecoms companies such as BTC and mobile operators Mascom Wireless and Orange. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the separation of BTC into a retail service provider (BTC Limited) and an infrastructure company (BoFINET) is an initial step towards the planned privatisation of BTC Limited, which will see up to 49% of the company’s shares sold via an initial public offering (IPO).
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