Gaborone - Post Report Question and Answers

Is high-speed home Internet access available? How long does it typically take to install it after arrival?

Internet was mediocre. BBI was my provider and they were okay. You could usually stream video. - Jul 2019

This is a huge issue. In Botswana, internet service is very expensive and very bad. All the internet service providers in Botswana are inadequate, but Botswana Telecommunications Corp (BTC) is more inadequate than the rest. STAY AWAY FROM BTC!! Other ISPs also have frequent outages and service issues, but at least when you phone them and complain they are responsive and do their best to address the problem. BTC will not even answer their phones. Broadband Botswana Internet (BBI) has a special plan for US Embassy employees, and is the provider that most embassy staff was using (as of 2017). OPQ is another provider which the US Embassy frequently works with. - Apr 2017

Internet is a problem - very very slow with low bandwidth. If you're planning to work from home take this into consideration. It works, it's just slow... - Jul 2016

No. DSL-quality internet is available - we pay around US$200 per month for less than 2 mbps download speed. - Mar 2015

ADSL only and is very unreliable. We pay for phone and internet around US$90 a month. - Oct 2014

Internet will cost you approximately US$100 per month. - Nov 2013

Internet access is available from the government-subsidized phone/internet company, but it is expensive (US$100 per month) and is not high-speed. They offer either a bronze, silver, or gold package, but there is virtually no difference between them because they do not dedicate one line to each customer, you share a line with unknown others. If the others are using it at the same time as you, it is very slow or connectivity is lost. This is glaringly apparent at the U.S. Embassy. When the speed is good, however, you can Skype or even watch Netflix (with a proxy server). - Jul 2013

We paid about $50/month. It was not fast - no streaming possible. This is a constraint in the region. - Apr 2013

Yes. The speed is far from blistering, but it will usually suffice to browse effectively. We have had a little trouble using Skype, which works sometimes, and doesn't other times. - Jun 2010

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