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Botswana’s internet subscriptions growth tops 132.2%

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Research from Statistics Botswana (SB), the country’s data authority, has indicated a significant growth in both mobile cellular and internet subscriptions.

The ‘Botswana ICT 2012 Statistics’ report, released this week by statistician general Anna Majelantle, says that mobile cellular subscriptions rose from 2,900,263 in 2011 to 3,081,726 in 2012, registering a growth of 6.3%.

“This increase resulted from the rise in pre-paid subscriptions which constituted 97.9% of total mobile cellular subscriptions in 2012,” said Majelantle.

Meanwhile, information from the authority says that internet subscriptions rose by 132.2% between 2011 and 2012, from 254,649 subscriptions in 2011 to 591,252 in 2012.

Majelantle added that for the year 2012, postpaid and prepaid mobile cellular subscriptions were 63,842 and 3,017,884 respectively.

She further said that ‘mobi-density’, the number of mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, increased by 124.6% in 2012, recording a rise of 62.1 percentage points from the increase recorded in 2011.

“The increase resulted from the growth of 68.4% in the number of mobile internet subscriptions from 339,926 subscriptions in 2011 to 572,414 in 2012 and 3.7% 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 in last quarter of the year.

The statistician general has also noted that 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.

On the radio platform male employees had a high usage as compared to females.

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