Kasane Airport to enhance tourism, trade, investment

02nd March 2018
Free Wifi at airports Source:The Midweek Sun

The recently launched complimentary Wi-Fi access at all Botswana international airports is expected to close the gap that existed as a result of lack of free internet service. The project, a brainchild of the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) in collaboration with Botswana Fibre Network (BOFINET), was launched at the occasion of the Civic Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) official opening of the Kasane International Airport last week in Kasane.

Visitors coming into Botswana either on business or pleasure will now enjoy free internet access at these airports; Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, Francistown International Airport, Kasane International Airport and Maun International Airport. According to Director of Corporate Communications, Kutlo Moagi, in their efforts to bridge the gap, in addition to the collaboration with BOFINET, BITC engaged a local service provider, MetroTech to provide internet services for all the four airports. Moagi said the project is part of improving broadband connectivity and in keeping up with global trends.

“As you are aware, access to internet or connectivity is an enabler for doing business,” she said. She added that as part of improving “our ease of doing business and to remain globally competitive as a country, it is imperative that we continually strive to eliminate all impediments to doing business.” As part of accessing complimentary internet services, users will be required to answer some basic questions relating to their experience with immigration as well as the purpose of their visit into Botswana.

In this way BITC believes that they will further gauge the quality of service standards at all points of entry. Phuthego Chere of MetroTech, the local IT Company that provides a portfolio of internet services concurs that this service will go a long way in enhancing a travelers’ experience. He said prior to this arrangement, the lack of free internet accessibility in airports was frustrating for travellers. “Upon arrival the modern traveller wants to establish contact and even make accommodation arrangement, if they were unable to do so earlier, and this Wi-Fi access will alleviate frustrations associated with such,” Chere said in an interview. Chere said the service allows users to answer direct questions that will yield valuable feedback, which would help improve on challenging areas going forward. MetroTech specialises in internet services for home and business, networking solutions, cyber security and networking, peripherals store.

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