Botswana’s cellphone, internet users increase

GABORONE, Aug 20, ( — Botswana’s mobile cellular and internet subscription has extensively grown between 2011 and 2012, a report from the country’s data authority Statistics Botswana (SB) has said.

SB report, released this week says ICT 2012 Statistics indicated that internet subscriptions rose by 132.2 percent between 2011 and 2012, from 254,649 subscriptions in 2011 to 591,252 in 2012.

Statistician General Annah Majelantle says the increase surged 68.4 percent in the number of mobile internet subscriptions from 339,926 subscriptions in 2011 to 572,414 in 2012 and 3.7 percent in fixed internet subscriptions from 18,166 in 2011 to 18,838 in 2012.

Majelantle also highlighted that in all the quarters of 2012, internet subscriptions were growing at a constant rate with the highest increase observed during the last quarter of the year.

The research data further showed that mobile cellular subscriptions rose from 2,900,263 in 2011 to 3,081,726 in 2012, registering a 6.3 percent growth.

“The increase resulted from the rise in pre-paid subscriptions which constituted 97.9 percent of total mobile cellular subscriptions in 2012, adding that for the year 2012, post-paid and pre-paid mobile cellular subscriptions were 63,842 and 3,017,884, respectively,” she said.

Statistics Botswana, which has recently been restructured to a parastatal says mobidensity – – the number of mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants increased by 124.6 percent in 2012, recording a rise of 62.1 percentage points from the increase recorded in 2011.

Majelantle further notes that on the use of ICTs among television employees was constant in all the months of 2012, with female employees having the highest usage as compared to their male counterparts, while on the radio platform male employees had a high usage as compared to females while there was a wide usage of computers, intranet, and internet among private newspaper employees during 2012.

“Most of them also had access to websites. Among the employees of private newspapers in 2012, males had more usage of computers, intranet and internet than their female counterparts. Males also had more access to websites than did female employees,” said Majelantle.

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