Soon to be privatised, BTCL has inked a partnership agreement with British telecommunications giant, Vodafone.
Under the non-equity partnership agreement, BTCL will become Vodafone’s preferred partner in Botswana and the companies will jointly offer new products and services in the region.
“The partnership will allow us to better differentiate against competition, delivering innovative communications solutions for the benefit of our customers and visitors to Botswana.
“Vodafone, on the other hand, will draw on BTCL’s extensive network coverage,” BTCL managing director Paul Taylor said in a statement released by Vodafone.
As a preferred partner, BTCL will benefit from Vodafone’s scale as the largest international voice carrier, with access to its global data reach and a competitive cost base for its customers’ international calls.
Vodafone partner markets chief executive Stefano Gastaut said: “This strategic partnership with BTCL for Botswana will enable us to expand the reach of our products and services within Africa and extends our footprint to 55 markets worldwide.
“It will also deliver enhanced roaming benefits for BTCL’s consumer and multinational corporate customers.” According to a Vodafone investor’s note released on Friday, the company’s customers will benefit from the inclusion of Botswana to their existing contracts for international managed services.
Vodafone has a 65 percent shareholding in South Africa’s Vodacom, which has a presence in five African countries.
Taylor is expected to hold a media briefing in Gaborone tomorrow to unveil the partnership.
BTCL’s privatisation, which is expected to be complete before the end of the year, will see 49 percent of the company being sold to both workers and citizens.