Businesses, institutions and consumers in Lesotho are set to experience faster, reliable and significantly more affordable internet connectivity as
Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC brings additional broadband capacity into Lesotho.
Utilising its extensive terrestrial and submarine fibre-optic cable network, WIOCC is delivering lower-cost internet connectivity to Lesotho,
ringing benefits to consumers and businesses in this mountainous African kingdom. Its arrival has already enabled a reduction in pricing of internet
services by up to 67 per cent. This is supporting the Lesotho Government’s 8th Millennium Goal to make the benefits of new technologies available to
its citizens and organisations, and to help businesses compete in the international arena.
Educational institutions, such as the National University of Lesotho, are already benefiting–with Basotho tudents now able to access essential
web-based resources that were previously unavailable. For consumers, mobile internet services are being made more affordable to a wider section of
the population through significantly reduced charges.
“Until recently, internet access in Lesotho terminated in South Africa and was shaped and thus limited in international capacity. The connection
provided by WIOCC terminates in Europe and provides Lesotho with faster and more affordable connectivity. This change will have a significant impact
on the daily lives of the Basotho and Lesotho businesses,” explained WIOCC CEO, Chris Wood.
“Our extensive network reach also enables international enterprises, ISPs and carriers to terminate their services in Lesotho. This, together with the introduction of reduced wholesale pricing, will open up further opportunities in the region.”
“The extra bandwidth made available by WIOCC has enabled us to make a huge reduction in our internet access costs,” comments Mpine Tente, General Manager of Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL)–the first operator
in Lesotho to benefit from the WIOCC capacity. “We are taking advantage of our improved international connectivity to deliver more reliable and affordable broadband services to our customers. Public and private businesses will benefit from reduced prices. All
Basotho will benefit from cheaper access to the internet.”