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1 The information contained in this document is confidential, for internal use only, and may not be distributed outside Ministry of Transport and Communications ICT PITSO SECTOR UPDATES PRESENTER: NATIONAL ICT COORDINATOR VENUE: GICC - GABORONE 10 TH SEPTEMBER 2012

2 Contents GENERAL INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMMES  MAITLAMO ICT POLICY  E-GOVERNMENT UPDATE  INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY UPDATE  NTELETSA II  BTC PRIVATISATION AND SEPARATION  BOTSWANA SAVINGS BANK/ BOTSWANAPOST MERGER  BTA/NBB MERGER  Digital Television Standard REGULATORY INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMMES  Implementation of Regulatory Directive No 1 of 2011  Reduced Botsgate Prices  Mobile Number Portability  Regulatory Impact Assessment on National Roaming  Trials of Long Term Evolution (4G LTE)  Country Code Top Level Domain Name System (ccTLD) CONCLUSION 2 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications.

3 3 MAITLAMO ICT POLICY ActivityOutputStatus ICT PLAN MAITLAMO ICT STRUCTURES MAITLAMO ICT BUDGET An updated Maitlamo ICT Plan with set of priorities Fully functional structures Budget that covers all Maitlamo ICT Pillars Working with BOCCIM to develop the priority plan and will be followed by development of a detailed one. ICT Coordinator appointment. Structures for other Maitlamo pillars e- Education, e-Health, e-Commerce being established with lead Ministries. NDP10 Review developed to cover all seven Maitlamo pillars under the ICT technical sub-committee under the Economy and Employment TWG

4 4 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. E-GOVERNMENT UPDATE ActivityOutputStatus E-GOV STRATEGY AND PLAN BUDGET Clear strategic direction and implementation plan Commitment on funding the e- Government programme Strategy and plan approved by Cabinet together with budget starting 2013/2014 Strategy to be launched on the 10 th September Commitment made by Cabinet and NDP10 Review has e-Government as priority.

5 5 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. E-GOVERNMENT UPDATE ActivityOutputStatus Connectivity to Government Front Offices(band width etc) Faster network connection to offices Improved response time. Some Border Posts, Omang, DRTS, Health Centers, LAC, RAC offices upgraded to minimum of 1 Mbs per site. Target is to have all front-offices upgraded to minimum 1Mbits. 65/92 Offices in Gaborone and Francistown upgraded to fiber at minimum speed of 4Mbs Target is to connect 143 sites this financial year.

6 6 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. E-GOVERNMENT UPDATE (Cont) ActivityOutputStatus Provision of services online On line services SMS notifications are currently being offered for 6 services Name Search from Register of Companies 6 download and print services are online 69 Information only services are online

7 7 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. E-Government Update (Cont) ActivityOutputStatus e-Legislation (Jan 2010 – Dec 2012) Robust and enabling cyber friendly legislation Electronic Transaction Bill, Data Protection) being drafted for Nov/Dec Parliamentary session. Cabinet has approved the review of Cyber Crime Act. Consultations ongoing Government Portal and Agency Websites Enhanced portal capable of providing services online Standardized agency websites Government Portal being enhanced (look and feel) and loaded with services as per the e- Services list.

8 8 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. E-Government Update (Cont) ActivityOutputStatus SesigoLibraries with computers and internet 31 out of 78 libraries have been connected with free internet for public. 16 more libraries to be connected in 2012/2013.

9 9 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Broadband Update ActivityOutputStatus Broadband Strategy (May 2012 – Aug 2013) Guidelines and standards for network connection to businesses, public facilities, and homes Strategy development underway, contract has been signed in May 2012 and expected to run for fourteen (14) months

10 10 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Implications of e-Government Developments ■Delivery of enhanced government services, prompt response to customer needs ■ More services accessible online. ■ Enhanced access networks required

11 11 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY UPDATE ActivityOutputStatus WACS Launch Available services Launched on the 26th June at Swakopmund, Namibia. Being lunched on the 11 th September 2012 in Botswana. Activated capacity Cheaper International bandwidth A total of 16 STM-1s out of the more than 80 STM-1s Wholesale international Internet bandwidth tariffs reduction Efforts are on-going to ensure these reductions are reflected on retail prices.

12 12 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. International Connectivity Update Implications ■Plans on how to utilise these acquired capacity ■Innovative ideas ■Transforming Botswana economy

13 13 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. NTELETSA II PROGRAMME ActivityOutputStatus Supply, installation, commissioning, operations and maintenance of works and services in 197 communities in Areas 1, 2, 3 and 4 Mobile telephony services and Kitsong Centres Complete in the four designated areas. 197 villages which includes some border posts Essentially all services within the scope of the project have been delivered. Small part of the Maun-Ngoma Bridge radio link remaining Each community with Kitsong Centre except a few: one-stop shop (air time and SIM cards, access internet, fax, secretarial services and phone charging).

14 14 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. BTC PRIVATISATION AND SEPARATION ActivityOutputStatus Privatisation and Separation BTC Ltd Shares (IPO) Infrastructure Company  Board appointed and registration Ongoing  Separation model decided  SPV Board and Acting Chief Executive, Registration ongoing Separation Model All the local and national access dark fibre systems (without active equipment) that includes the Trans-Kgalagadi Optical Fibre, the metropolitan fibre loops, the Francistown-Gaborone fibre loop and all other dark fibre systems; newly deployed Dense Wave Division Multiplex (DWDM) system and active electronic equipment and the associated assets; own and operate the East Africa Sea System (EASSY) and the West Africa Cable System (WACS) and rights that include the terrestrial backhaul links

15 15 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Implications ■Privatisation and separation work plan and schedule. ■ Access to fibre and other services on same terms ■Facility Based Operator licence (wholesale services only)

16 16 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. CONVERGED COMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY AUTHORITY (CRA) BILL ActivityOutputStatus Drafting and Approval of legislation  CRA Bill  Botswana Postal Amendment Bill  Broadcasting Repeal Bill New law New Authority All 3 Bills(CRA, NBB Repeal and BotswanaPost Ammendment) Passed June/July sitting and are due to come into force soon

17 17 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. BOTSWANA SAVINGS BANK/ BOTSWANAPOST MERGER ActivityOutputStatus Merging Enabling legislation Holding Company  Communications Regulatory Authority, Botswana Postal Services (Amendment) Bill and Botswana Savings Bank Bill passed in Parliament  Holding Company Naming and establishment of Board of Directors on-going

18 18 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. BTA/ NBB MERGER ActivityOutputStatus Merging Enabling legislation  Communications Regulatory Authority, Botswana Postal Services (Amendment) Bill and Botswana Savings Bank Bill passed in Parliament  NBB Repeal passed by Parliament

19 19 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Implications: BSB/POST MERGER  Implementing the merger through a holding company allows the subsidiaries to realise cost savings derived from sharing of support services and result in efficiency in service delivery.  Approval of the Bills, constitutions and naming will pave way for concluding registration of the Holding Company  Completion of the registration of the Holding Company will pave the way for recruitment of Board of Directors and Executive Management to oversee the operational mandate of The Holding Company.

20 20 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Purpose of CRA Bill ■To establish a converged Communications Regulatory Authority, a regulatory oversight body (Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority or BOCRA) ■Telecommunications, broadcasting, postal subsectors and Information Communications Technology in general ■Regulating and monitoring the activities of these subsectors ■NBB & BTA Merging, single Board

21 21 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Implications CRA Bill and Botswana Postal Amendment Bill and Broadcasting Repeal Bill ■ Telecommunications, ICTs, Postal and Broadcasting sectors are now to be regulated under one law and one Authority. ■ Secondary legislation yet to be reviewed ■ Review: Consultative process to start

22 22 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. DIGITAL TELEVISION STANDARD ActivityOutputStatus ADOPTION OF STANDARD ADOPTION OF STD AND IMPLEMENTATION  TRIALS BEING CARRIED- OUT  DECISION TO BE MADE BY END OF 2012/13

23 23 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. International Forums ■Ministry & BTA: Participating in a number of international forums at which various issues pertaining to ICT developments, regulation, policy and standards: Locally & Internationally ■Industry stakeholders must also participate and are INVITED especially international ■Upcoming events o Universal Postal Union (UPU) congress will held at Doha from 27 Sept – 15 Oct 2012 o ITU Telecom World, Dubai from October o World Telecommunication Standardisation Assembly (WTSA 12), Dubai, from 20 to 29 November o World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCT 12) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 3-14 December 2012 to review the current International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs),International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs)

24 24 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. REGULATORY INITIATIVES AND PROGRAMMES

25 25 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Implementation of Regulatory Directive No 1 of 2011 ■ BTA continued to monitor implementation of the Regulatory Directive No 1 of 2011 which sought to reduce tariffs for telecommunications services. ■ Made sure the service providers fully implemented the Directive in order to make sure that the benefits of reduced wholesale prices trickle down to the consumers. ■The BTA also provided clarity and resolved sticky points between the service providers on the interpretation of the Directive. ■The BTA has carried out an impact assessment of the Directive on the market and the results has indicated positive developments in terms of increased traffic and increased service uptake.

26 26 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Reduced Botsgate Prices ■BTA approved yet another reduction for the wholesale International Internet bandwidth provided by BTC. ■Reduction as direct benefit of the Governments investment in the EASSy and WACS undersea cables ■ Reduction up to 59%

27 27 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Mobile Number Portability ■BTA Study (April 2012) aimed at assessing the viability or otherwise of Mobile Number Portability in Botswana. ■The preliminary report of the study shared with the industry stakeholders in May 2012 ■Generally the preliminary report indicated that it might not be viable to introduce Mobile Number Portability in Botswana given the relatively small market size.

28 28 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Regulatory Impact Assessment on National Roaming ■To conduct Regulatory Impact Assessment on National Roaming in this financial year. ■ The main reasons for considering national roaming: o Most rural areas covered by one mobile network: challenge for mobile customers o Assess whether it is feasible re-introduce national roaming in the market, in particular in areas where there is one operator in remote areas.

29 29 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Trials of Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) ■BTA assigned Mascom and Orange spectrum to conduct trials for the 4 th Generation mobile system. ■The 4G LTE is a mobile broadband wireless technology that can deliver very fast data speeds of up to 100Mbps. ■The trials are expected to last about six months.

30 30 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Country Code Top Level Domain Name System (ccTLD) ■The BTA is continuing with implementation of the ccTLD systems. ■The hardware and software systems for running the domain name systems has been installed at BTA, with a backup system installed at Francistown. ■The intention is to run the domain name system installed at BTA in parallel with the existing one at BTC for a period of 24 months. ■The development of the domain name policies is still on- going.

31 31 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. ■ Universal Services and Access Policy ■Universal Services and Access Fund ■ICT Masterplan (Review of the pre2007 plan) ■Establishment of Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority ■REVIEW OF LICENSING FRAMEWORK(telecomms, broadcasting, postal, internet) ■Postal Policy ■Roll-out of Digital Television Migration Future Plans and Initiatives

32 32 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. ■ Cooperation and collaboration cardinal ■Number of activities upcoming e.g. secondary legislation. ■Consultations on pieces of e-Legislation ■ Knowledge-based economy: your input cardinal as well ■ ICT contribution to economy needs to grow: can we set ourselves a target today? Conclusion

33 33 Confidential Ministry of Transport and Communications. Thank You Ke a leboga


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