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Paratus Botswana plans to lay 1000km of fibre by year-end

Paratus Botswana has confirmed plans to lay over 1000km of fibre in the country by year-end.

Paratus Botswana Managing Director, Shawn Bruwer, said, “By the end of 2023, we will have more than 1000km of fibre deployed nationally; numerous unique PoPs (points of presence); over 20 service vehicles; and hundreds of radio access points.”

The announcement comes after the company advanced with an existing project to lay a 800km fibre route running from Gaborone, via Molepolole and Letlhakeng, Kang and through to Charles Hill and along the border into Namibia.

Bruwer added, “This will connect Botswana to the new 144 terabit Google Equiano subsea cable which the Paratus Group landed in Swakopmund, Namibia last year. Deploying this cutting-edge technology will enable Paratus Botswana to provide even faster and more reliable connections as well as more diverse routes and redundancy.”

In 2020 Paratus Botswana deployed its first fibre in Gaborone and completed the build from north to south and entrenched its value proposition as an efficient hub for connectivity and data services between South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia.

This allowed it to structure its metro fibre deployment in Gaborone and offer diverse and independent services to customers, the company added.

Over the years, Paratus Botswana has secured a gateway license and acquired a tower collaborating with its licensed entity in South Africa, opened an independent microwave link between South Africa and Botswana via Tlokweng.

Paratus Botswana has also previously invested in cloud to offer virtualised machines, storage, mail, and firewalls and became the technical partner for the Botswana Internet Exchange.

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