Recent statistics from the Statistics Botswana office chronicles the evolution of technology in the country and has satisfactorily defended the fact that since 2000, the growth of the ICT sector in the country has improved and gone from strength to strength, this is according to selected statistics indicators from 1966 to 2016.
According to the 2011 ICT Statistics Report, the ICT industry is growing; particularly in mobile cellular services, which outpaces the development of fixed telephone lines and internet service provision. The number of mobile subscribers has increased from 106,029 in 2000 to 2,900,263 in 2011; a 2,635% growth. According to the report, Mobidensity (the number of mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants) has increased by over 1000% percent from 13 subscriptions in 2000 to 143 subscriptions in 2011. The ICT sector in Botswana also includes postal services, print media and radio and television.
The growth of the e-commerce has been commendable and has enhanced the way business is conducted in the modern age. Recently, the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC), introduced its trade portal to much pomp and fanfare. This is one way of making sure that the country will not be left out and is not rooted in the traditional ways of doing business which might not be compatible with modern trends.
The phenomenal of the growth in mobile and mobile banking has also meant that the financial services sector is a step ahead of international trends and is cognisance of the tricks crooks employ to outwit the banking and other non-banking service providers. Most local banks, if not all, have heeded the call to go the technology route.They also now have an online retaining thanks to pioneers like Sefalana Holdings.
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