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Liq­uid Telecom has agreed to en­ter into a joint ven­ture (JV) with Botswana Power Cor­po­ra­tion (BPC) to cre­ate a new tele­coms net­work provider, Liq­uid Telecom Botswana.

BPC presently owns and op­er­ates a fi­bre-op­tic ca­ble net­work em­bed­ded on some of its high volt­age trans­mis­sion lines, but spare un­used ca­pac­ity prompted BPC to ex­plore ways to com­mer­cialise the net­work for the first time. The new JV will see BPC lease ex­cess op­ti­cal fi­bres from its net­work to Liq­uid Telecom.

It will enable BPC to make more ef­fec­tive use of its ex­ist­ing as­sets, pro­vid­ing a new in­fra­struc­ture-based net­work op­er­a­tor to stim­u­late com­pe­ti­tion in the Botswana telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions mar­ket. Liq­uid Telecom will be able to bet­ter serve the net­work needs of its whole­sale and en­ter­prise cus­tomers in the re­gion.

BPC board of di­rec­tors ap­proved the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of its net­work back in March 2016, and, fol­low­ing a pe­riod of com­pet­i­tive bid­ding, Liq­uid Telecom was se­lected as the pre­ferred part­ner.

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