SADC’s telecoms conference kicks off in Botswana


The 10th South African Telecommunication Association (SATA) conference kicked-off on Tuesday in Gaborone, Botswana.

The host nation’s parastatal, Botswana Telecommunications (BTC)’s Group Acting Chief Executive, Keabetswe Segole, expressed hope that the intended goals, objectives and aims of the conference would be achieved.

“This meeting creates an opportunity for operators to negotiate interconnect rates and also agree on technical issues, including infrastructure connectivity as well as quality of service issues”, Segole.

The three day conference, which is being attended by 12 southern African nations is set to address issues on how to promote Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the SADC region.

Countries being represented at the SATA conference include-Botswana, Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The much anticipated conference kicked-off at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) on the 23rd and it will run from the 23rd of February and ends on Friday, 26th February.

“Quality of Service is a very important aspect in telecommunication business, especially as operators migrate from TDM based technology to packet based IP technology like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP),” reads a statement made available to our reporters.
“BTC Group is very proud to be hosting the 10th SADC STOBM (SADC Telecom Operators’ Bilateral Meeting)meeting. The gathering provides a platform for experts in the ICT sector and practitioners in the field, to discuss and learn about pertinent issues.

Our participation is a step towards providing leading technology to the public,” added Segole.