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Orange launches 4G in Gaborone

February 23, 2015 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories

orange_telecomAccording to a Orange Botswana, it has now launched its new 4G service in Gaborone. According to the company,  the launch is set to offer a timely boost to the local economy offering firms the opportunity to increase innovation, boost productivity and cut costs, as has been the experience of companies in countries such as the UK, US, Sweden, Japan, Germany and South Africa since the technology was first introduced.

Dr. Patrick Benon, the CEO at Orange, said: “Today is a landmark day for our company, the Botswana mobile industry and, most importantly, the country’s businesses and consumers as we launch 4G in Gaborone. But this is just the start as our 4G network will continue to grow stronger and wider by the day. We’re investing millions in our network to be the first company to offer mobile 4G in Botswana, alongside our existing 2G and 3G networks. Combined with our brand new Orange Shops we have a pioneering and unique offer to customers across the Botswana –superfast speeds on the move and expert service in nearly every major town and village in Botswana.”

According to the company, its 4G service comes at no extra cost. However to use 4G Orange customers need to have a 4G capable device and swap their existing simcard out for a 4G simcard.

Global studies into 4G’s business benefits reveal that businesses expect 4G to help increase productivity (58%) and boost employee well-being and motivation (38%). The technology will also help firms compete through innovation – 50% want 4G so they can set up an internet connection quickly without having to wait for a fixed line to be installed. This is a boon for retailers wanting to set up a pop-up shop, or builders looking to set up a temporary office onsite.

Staff Writer

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