LEKOKOANENG — Telecommunications giant Vodacom Lesotho this week launched its second switch Centre at Lekokoaneng.
The centre will enable Basotho to easily access communications services.
It will increase and manage call capacity within Vodacom network across the country.
Vodacom Lesotho’s Managing Director, Malik Melamu, said the switch centre had given them the confidence to provide effective communications services to their customers.
“After fives of strategic planning, we are proud to officially launch our second Techno Centre. We can safely say Vodacom has the ability to provide effective communications services to Basotho,” he said.
Communications minister, Mothetja Metsing applauded Vodacom Lesotho for investing in a second call processing switch to ensure increased capacity to manage call traffic and redundancy to ensure minimum interruption of service.
“I strongly believe that Vodacom found it necessary to expand their network for the entire Basotho nation as communication and technology are the most vital tools these days,” Metsing said.
“This has put Lesotho on a high map in terms of communications and technology. The infrastructure has added value to the country’s economical development and it’s an attraction for potential investors,” he said.
“We are taking pride in this milestone and life-transforming achievement.”
Metsing urged the community of Lekokoaneng to protect the switch from vandalism and theft.
“This centre belongs to you the Lekokoaneng community so protection against all forms of vandalism to the property is again entirely on your hands and not that of Vodacom.
“You should consider yourselves fortunate for companies of the stature of Vodacom to invest in your area,” he said.
On behalf of the Lekokoaneng community, Chief Makopano Khojane said they were pleased to have projects that create employment opportunities.
“We are very happy that companies are seeing potential in our land by bringing projects which provide employment even if it’s not permanent, but it is helpful,” she said.
The company said the Techno Centre aims to alleviate the network overload Vodacom Lesotho experiences during off peaks hours.
“The Techno Centre, as we speak, is already managing approximately 30 percent of Vodacom’s call traffic,” it said.
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