Paratus Botswana opens fibre route

The Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Botswana Ministry of Communications, Knowledge and Technology, Cecil Masiga said that the recently launched Botswana Kalahari Fibre route (BKF) is a triumph for the people of Botswana and the country’s economy.
He was speaking at an event held at Paratus Botswana Head Office in Gaborone, to officially mark the opening of the BKF route.
Last month, Paratus Botswana announced that it had completed the last leg of the new Botswana Kalahari Fiber (BKF) route.
Also attending the event to celebrate this connectivity breakthrough were Barney Harmse, Paratus Group Executive Chairman; Gert Duvenhage, Paratus Group Chief Operations Officer; MD of Paratus Botswana, Shawn Bruwer; and executives from BTC, Mascom and Orange.
A total of 840 km of fibre was laid between the Namibian border and Lobatse and was activated last month. Representing an investment of approximately BWP70 million in Botswana, the BKF is the largest significant investment in its infrastructure by Paratus Botswana to date.
The BKF completes the last leg of the Paratus-built Trans Kalahari Fibre (TKF) route which runs from Johannesburg to Swakopmund in Namibia. The new route creates the lowest latency primary transit path through Botswana and Namibia to Europe. The new BKF will connect Botswana and neighbouring countries to various international subsea cables, and to the rest of the world.