The Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services has successfully completed two of the five projects through its cooperation with China, TechnoMag has learnt.
Last month, the ministry commissioned the optic fibre link in Beitbridge, which connects the border town with South Africa and the rest of the country via Bulawayo, Masvingo and Harare.
The link was constructed by TelOne with the aid of a US$98 million Chinese loan to expand national broadband network and to enhance efficient communication countrywide.
Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Guo Shaochun spoke on the other areas where Zimbabwe and China are engaging to further develop the ICT sector through the expansion of the national broadband backbone.
“The other projects include the cooperation of the Chinese enterprize with NetOne and TelOne and these are mainly for the expansion of the backbone and construction of broadband,” he said
Last week Shanghai launched a test run of the first 5G wireless network covering a district of the megacity, further evidence that China is consolidating its leading position in the world’s 5G race with faster rollout than other countries.
Minister Kazembe has however applauded this innovation and hopes that Zimbabwe will also benefit from its technical partners.