According to the 2011 ICT Statistics Report, the ICT industry is growing; particularly in mobile cellular services, which outpaces the development of fixed telephone lines and internet service provision. The number of mobile subscribers has increased from 106,029 in 2000 to 2,900,263 in 2011; a 2,635% growth. According to the report, Mobidensity (the number of mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants) has increased by over 1000% percent from 13 subscriptions in 2000 to 143 subscriptions in 2011, (see table below). The ICT sector in Botswana also includes postal services, print media and radio and television.

Fixed Telephone, Mobile Cellular and Internet Subscriptions

Source: Statistic Botswana (2011)

In 2010, an in-depth study of the ICT sector was undertaken by the Swedish Trade Council, determining that Botswana has invested heavily in the national fibre network, and has invested in international connectivity. Botswana has invested in the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), greatly expanding connectivity capacity to the region. The Botswana Government is also pursuing access to a West African submarine cable. The expectation in the next 2-3 years is expanded, rapid, reliable and cost effective connectivity.

Projected Southern African connections via major international cable projects: SAT-3/WASC/SAFE, Seacom, EASSy, ACE, MaIN OnE and WACS.

Investment Opportunities

Botswana Innovation Hub

The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) is developing a 'cyber city,' a central hub to connect ICT enterprise and Research and Development (R&D) institutes with Botswana's public and private sectors.

Other Opportunities

  • ICT investment in Botswana presents an opportunity for growth in R&D and global competitiveness in ICT
  • An objective of National ICT Policy is to utilise ICT to facilitate economic diversification and foreign direct investment (FDI)
  • Infrastructure development: widespread fibre-optic network and e-government services
  • communications and security, e-health, e-education, e-tourism, including mobile access to e-government.

Opportunities in this Sector

See below for the opportunities in this Sector accross various districts in Botswana...