The Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) will be officially launching the Universal Services Fund (USF) extension of shared mobile networks to rural areas project at the Neuso Base Station Site in Mhondoro Ngezi(Mashonaland West).
The Neuso base station site is among the several base stations aimed at increasing connectivity and infrastructure development in the rural areas under the passive telecommunication infrastructure project .
The project is for the provision of telecommunication services to under served rural areas of Zimbabwe. This means that licensed telecommunications operators, that is, are to share the infrastructure provided under this project for the betterment of the communities in the chosen areas.
This project involved the construction of eight telecommunications base station sites in each of the eight rural provinces of Zimbabwe.These stations are:Malipati,Chilo,Dhlamini,Chiodza,Neuso,Pfungwe,Chidodo and Manana with all of them being completed now.
The recently operationalized base stations provide access to mobile voice and data services,including all the value added services available to urban communities,to the local community where the base station site is constructed including the surrounding areas.
The infrastructure development included the erection of telecommunications towers, palisade fences on the sites, provision of solar power plant, diesel engine generators, batteries, and equipment shelters and access roads to the sites.