Rural Masvingo may have high-speed access at last, with the new cable roll-out

Work has begun on the next leg of the new fibre optic cable aimed at boosting connectivity across Zimbabwe.

Work on the USD15 million cable, running 1 340 km from Harare to Beit Bridge on the border with South Africa, was delayed, apparently due to the Chinese contractors experiencing visa problems.

However, the project got underway this week.

The new network will also cover the regions of Bulawayo and Masvingo.

State-run TelOne says the line is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. In addition, TelOne says it is upgrading the infrastructure on its Harare-Kariba link. The Harare-Beira (Mozambique) fibre optic network is also complete.

Zimbabwe’ s Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Nelson Chamisa, earlier unveiled the government’ s vision of a network linking all of the country’ s major cities to a fibre optic network with an operational capacity of 10Gbps by the end of last year.

The government was also seeking parters to extend the network to rural areas.

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