Orange Botswana has launched commercial 5G in Botswana with a coverage of 30 per cent of the population, including greater Gaborone and Francistown. Other cities will follow in early 2023.
Orange Botswana introduced new 5G fixed broadband services and mobile data bundles. It said the offers are available for residential customers, and small and medium enterprises and include value-added services. The fixed offers are available from15Mbps for Prepaid and from 20Mbps for Postpaid.
“The launch of 5G technology in Botswana will allow us to scale up this technology and gain experience for other Orange countries across Africa. The benefits and potential impact of this are promising. It will help promote Africa’s digital inclusion, resulting in socio-economic growth and job creation. It is also ensuring Africa’s skills development on digital management tools and is in line with the ambitions of the African Union “Digital Transformation for Africa (2022 – 2030)”. It begins here and now, in Botswana,” Jerôme Henique, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa, said.
Nene Maiga, CEO of Orange Botswana stated: “At Orange Botswana, we are excited to be bringing in a new technology that will allow economic players to discover new possibilities enabled by 5G, and the way it could positively transform their daily activities. 5G connectivity is an incredible opportunity for businesses and the government, who are eager to take their operations to the next level. It is going to change how customers experience connectivity.”
Orange Botswana also announced that it has partnered with MRI Botswana to create a “Connected Ambulance” project that will allow doctors to guide paramedics through life-saving procedures on their way to hospitals. This telemedicine intervention will change lives and would not have been possible without 5G.
5G, with its ultra-high speed and low latency, will support new disruptive services such as e-health, connected vehicles, connected cities, real-time gaming, smart homes and learning through VR and augmented reality. It offers a new world of possibilities to companies, innovators, and society at large.