Botswana ranks 70th in the GCI 2019.
Botswana’s scores are below the global average for the majority of GCI indicators. The exceptions
are smartphone and mobile broadband penetration, which hit historic hights this year. Botswana's
scores also increased by 1 point in each of investment in 4G, Internet use, demand for computers,
and application downloads. In more advanced enablers, though, Botswana's scores reflect its
underdeveloped status, despite some growth in demand for cloud migration. With Internet penetration
showing continuous growth, Botswana is ideally poised to benefit from the opportunities that cloud
computing provides. Botswana has also seen the growth of the cloud technologies within its own
borders, where companies have embraced the new technology to mobilize and push their operational
agenda with the same tenacity as the rest of the world. Cloud computing has taken root in Botswana
and many SMEs are using cloud computing.
Botswana's economy is growing rapidly from its position as the leading exporter of diamonds. The
stable economic situation can support a rise in government spending to support ICT growth. The
nation should continue to grow the numbers of Internet users by providing accessible and fast
broadband and offering more content online. In the business and public sectors, the government could
take action to stimulate cloud usage and digitalization in government.