The number of mobile phone customers in Botswana reached 3.08 million at the end of December 2012, an increase of 5.5% from 2.92 million at the start of the year, according to a report by Mmegi Online, which cites statistics from the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA). Botswana is home to three mobile network operators, namely: Mascom Wireless, a subsidiary of the South African-based MTN Group; France Telecom-owned Orange Botswana (formerly known as Vista Cellular); and BTC Mobile (beMobile), the wireless arm of fixed line incumbent Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC). Meanwhile, total fixed lines in service, provided by BTC, totalled around 160,500 last year, according to the report.
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