Zimbabwe Expected To Commission Byo-Beitbridge Fibre Optic Project

The President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to soon commission the multi-million dollar Bulawayo-Beitbridge fibre optic project, which is a sub-project that falls under the national broadband project that is being undertaken by TelOne and is funded through the US$98 million loan from China Eximbank.

The commissioning ceremony is scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Beitbridge.

The Bulawayo-Beitbridge fibre optic link runs for 330km and is one of the milestone projects formulated by the state-owned telecommunications firm. It is set to provide high-speed internet in Zimbabwe at a very low cost.

Zimbabwe’s Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Kazembe Kazembe said that all is in order for the commissioning of the project. He stressed the importance of the project in Zimbabwe’s quest to bridge the digital gap and to prepare ICT for economic transformation.

The US$98 million national broadband project was also responsible for the implementation of the Harare-Beitbridge backbone fibre, which has resulted in the 30% to 40% cut in Zimbabwe’s internet bandwidth landing costs.

TelOne said that it is optimistic that the project will be a significant step in its mission to become a key competitor in a broadband space that is dominated by active mobile network operators.

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