The minister of ICT Postal and Courier Services, Hon Supa Mandiwanzira said that a total of 95 Community Information Centers are ready for usage with 85 of these already been commissioned.
The minister said that this was not just political grandstanding as they have managed to set up more CICs since the first official opening which was done in Zvimba years ago, beating their initial target of 70 CICs by year end.
Speaking in an interview during the Chinhoyi CIC launch over the weekend,
“We strongly agree that access to the internet is a basic human right, we do not need our folks to catch a ride to town or main cities only for affordable internet access, this should be available in their own communities.”
His Excellency The President of Zimbabwe will be officially commissioning the next CICs in each and every province where we are holding youth rallies as we seek access to information to every community added the minister
While most subscribers on mobile can easily get access to the internet over their phones, the minister said the Community Information Centers (CICs) offered much cheaper access to the communities as they are subsidized.
This also comes in very helpful in remote areas where you rarely can find 2G or basic GPRS connectivity.
TelOne through their city and town establishment has been providing connectivity via their fibre or ADSL and have extended connectivity to remote areas through satellite, a service which Zarnet is also offering in some provinces.
The government seeks to establish 160 CICs in total as they spread across all the national provinces.
The next CIC to be commissioned will be in Gweru, this week along the presidential ZanuPf youth rallies.