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TelOne expands fibre optic link

Zimbabwe’s state-owned TelOne says it plans to roll out a fibre optic link from Bulawayo to Beitbridge and Bulawayo to Victoria Falls.

The company, which runs Zimbabwe’s only fixed telephony service, rolled out optic fibre from Mutare to Harare in 2010 and linked Harare and Bulawayo in May this year, the latter linking major towns of Norton, Chegutu, Kadoma, Kwekwe and Gweru along the highway.

TelOne is the only major Zimbabwean company with equity in the East African Cable System (EASSy), through WIOCC, a firm partly owned by a consortium of 14 African telecoms operators. It accesses EASSy and SEACOM via Mozambique (TDM) and South Africa (InfraCo).

EASSy is a 10,000km submarine fibre-optic cable system deployed along the east and south coast of Africa to service the voice, data, video and internet needs of the region while SEACOM is a private venture offering wholesale broadband services and products.

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