Describes what a company needs to know to take advantage of e-commerce in the local market and covers prominent B2B websites.
Most Batswana access the internet using their mobile devices, mainly smartphones. Those who use computers largely do so over copper telephone wire infrastructure which limits connections to 2 Mbps; however, connections can rise to over 1,000 Mbps. BoFiNet, the state-owned enterprise that controls the country’s fiber optic network, is providing the infrastructure connection upgrades to diplomatic missions and businesses, covering about 5,953 of commercial and government premises and has started connecting fiber to homes in line with their Strategy 2020. According to the organization’s 2020 annual report, they have covered 10,600 km and connected 206 out of 399 villages. BoFiNet has adopted an UNLEASH 2025 strategy to drive the country’s digital transformation and implement initiatives that will foster the ICT ecosystem.
Point of sales for credit card transactions are numerous and widely available with reliable connections to processing centers.
The GoB passed the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act in April 2014. The law enables the facilitation and regulation of electronic communications and transactions, streamlining commercial and bureaucratic procedures. The GoB earmarked $15 million for the law’s implementation in its 2014/2015 budget. Subsequently, parliament enacted an Electronic (Evidence) Records Act in 2014. The National Cyber Security Strategy was approved in October 2020 and the GoB also set up a Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), which is responsible for responding to Cyber-Security breaches and viruses.