Africa-Press – Lesotho. Paratus Botswana Friday celebrated its seventh anniversary and its achievements as a telecommunications company , not the least of which was the seamless acquisition of and merger with Broad Band Internet (BBi) last year.

In his remarks, guest speaker, Minister of Communications, Knowledge, and Technology, Mr Thulagano Segokgo said it was companies such as Paratus Botswana that made vital and valid contributions to the country’s development.

“Recently, our President, His Excellency Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, spoke about the importance of connectivity and internet access for our nation. The government’s vision 2030 is a bold and ambitious plan to transform Botswana into a knowledge-based, innovation-driven economy,” he said.

To achieve this, Mr Segokgo said there was need to ensure that everyone had access to quality education, healthcare, and other essential services, adding there was need to invest in modern infrastructure and create an environment conducive to business and innovation.

Mr Segokgo said telecommunications and internet access were key components of the government’s vision, saying they allowed all to connect with the rest of the world and access information, knowledge, and opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.

He said they also enabled all to participate in the global economy, export products and services, and create jobs and prosperity for Batswana. “Since its establishment in 2016, Paratus Botswana has provided innovative and reliable solutions to the people of Botswana.

The company’s extensive network ensures access to high-quality services throughout Botswana,” he said. Mr Segokgo said the company was committed to investing in the latest technology, such as fiber optic cables, to ensure that the country had the infrastructure it needed to compete in the global marketplace.

He therefore, congratulated Paratus on its anniversary, and commended them on the recent acquisition of BBi, which was testament to the company’s continued growth and success.

The minister said he believed the acquisition would further strengthen Paratus’ position as a leader in Botswana’s telecommunications industry and help consolidate the industry for the better.

Managing director of Paratus Botswana, Mr Shawn Bruwer said, “Our investment in Botswana is important to us as a Group, and we are committed to being a key contributor to the growth and development of the country.

He said his company was a diversified telecommunications company offering various services to large and small businesses and residences across Botswana. The company had five branches, with close to 70 Batswana employees.

He said that by end of 2023 it would have more than 1000km of fiber deployed nationally, numerous unique PoPs (points of presence), over 20 service vehicles and hundreds of radio access points.

“What we have achieved in just 7 years is remarkable, and we think its worth celebrating.

We also look forward to sharing in the Paratus Group’s 20th anniversary celebrations this year – 2023 is our year to celebrate, recognise the achievements and continue building success in Africa,” he said.

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