According to Botswana Information and Communications Technology Statistics for Q2 2021 the fixed telephone line subscriptions declined by 3.9 percent in Q2 2021.
They fell from 139,930 which was registered in Q1 2021 to 134,498 in this quarter. Subscriptions on mobile cellular telephones on the other hand increased.
They rose from 3,876,773 registered in Q1 2021 to 3,911,833 in Q2 2021, thus increasing by 0.9 percent.
The Internet subscriptions, as did fixed telephone subscriptions, decreased in Q2 2021.They went down by 3.2 percent in Q2 2021, from 2,323,120 in Q1 2021 to 2,249,137.
In Q2 2021, fixed telephone to mobile telephone domestic calls traffic went up by 5.7 percent, while mobile
telephone to fixed telephone domestic calls traffic decreased by 5.3 percent.
Outgoing international calls from fixed telephones increased by 2.8 percent, while those from mobile telephones went down by 3.6 percent.
The contribution of Postal and Communications Services Sector to the economy stood at 2.7 percent of Gross
Domestic Product at current prices in Q1 2021.
The sector’s value added at current prices amounted to P1, 275.7 million.
Both pre-paid and post-paid mobile cellular telephone subscriptions increased in Q2 2021.
Pre-paid mobile cellular telephone subscriptions increased by 0.9 percent from 3,733,282 in Q1 2021 to 3,766,580.
Post-paid mobile cellular telephone subscriptions rose by 1.2 percent to 145,253 from 143,491 recorded in Q1 2021.
Telephone traffic comprises of Domestic calls, International calls and Short Message Service (SMS).
On-net fixed telephone domestic calls traffic (Fixed telephones to fixed telephones) increased by 4.4 percent
in Q2 2021. They rose from 1,117.6 million calls made in Q1 2021 to 1,167.3 million.
Off net fixed telephone domestic calls traffic (Fixed telephones to mobile cellular telephones) also increased.
They went up by 5.7 percent in Q2 2021, from 1,632.2 million calls in Q1 2021 to 1,725.7 million.
With regard to mobile cellular telephone domestic calls traffic, on-net traffic increased by 2.3 percent in Q2
2021 while off-net traffic decreased by 1.7 percent.
Mobile cellular telephone calls to fixed telephones traffic declined by 5.3 percent in Q2 2021.
International calls outgoing from fixed telephones increased by 2.8 percent in Q2 2021, from 88.9 million in Q1
2021 to 91.4 million.
Outgoing international calls from mobile cellular telephones however decreased, they fell by 3.6 percent in Q2 2021 compared to those made in Q1 2021, from 6.2 million to 6.0 million calls.
On-net and off-net short message services (SMS) decreased by 6.2 and 8.3 percent respectively in Q2 2021.