Zimbabwe set for first broadband forum

By Alfonce Mbizwo, Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s first Broadband Forum will take place on Friday at Cresta Lodge in the capital, Harare.

The forum will track the progress in Zimbabwe in making broadband readily available and to come up with ideas for unlocking the latent opportunities that Zimbabwe can tap into.  

One of the organisers, Clinton Mutambo, says although Zimbabwe has enjoyed healthy growth where internet connectivity is concerned due to favourable national policies and increased competition,  a lot more needs to be done to bring down costs and connect the bottom of the pyramid.

Several companies are backing the event, among them Telecel Zimbabwe, ZOL, Econet Broadband and PowerTel.

Some of the speakers include David Behr, the founder and CEO of ZOL, which is now part of the Liquid Telecom Group, Eng. Sam Kundishora, the Ministry of ICT Permanent Secretary, James Wekesa from WIOCC, a consortium that owns and operates multiple submarine cables supplying Africa’s internet, Winston Ritson from IConnect (Zambia’s largest ISP), Octivius Kayiha from Telecel Zimbabwe, Limbikani Kabweza from TechZim, and Amanda Donahue from Kencall, Kenya’s largest Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) company. 

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