President Mnangagwa is to commission the multi-million dollar optic fibre link in Beitbridge tomorrow. The optic fibre link will connect the border town with South Africa and the rest of the country via Bulawayo, Masvingo, and Harare.
With the aid of a Chinese loan, TelOne constructed the link with the purpose of expanding the national broadband network as well as enhancing efficient communication countrywide. That would make Zimbabwe an Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub for Southern Africa.
On March 11 Kazembe Kazembe, ICT, Postal and Courier Services Minister, stated that the project was ready for commissioning. As stated by Kazembe, the implementation of the link would reduce operating costs for the network provider by 40 percent as well as cascade some benefits for consumers.
According to Cde Abednico Ncube, Matabeleland South’s Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, everything was ready for the visit of the President. He said:
“We have covered a lot of ground in terms of preparations and we expect everything to go according to plan. The state functions committee led by the Beitbridge District Administrator’s office is busy on the ground. In addition, all the necessary stakeholders are putting final touches in line with their given responsibilities. This is a great development in terms of boosting our communication capacity as a country.”
It is also stated that the fibre optic link would lead the way for Government roll out of e-services for its departments and Ministries. It will ensure connectivity between the country’s border towns as well as enhance e-Government, which is currently being implemented at various levels.