ICT Minister Sets July  Deadline For ICT Sector Power Crisis 

The Minister of ICT Honourable Tatenda Mavetera has set  July 2024 as the deadline to work towards alternative power sources to help alleviate national power crisis at base stations affecting data tariffs in Zimbabwe,  as she engages all the involved stakeholders for a win-win solution.
Speaking in an exclusive with TechnoMag, the minister stated that they are working with all stakeholders including the  ministry of energy and considering going green for a lasting solution to ease pressure on mobile networks.
“By July 2024 we need to come up with sound solutions which will make us see what we need to do.  We have given ourselves three months to work towards that and see the alternatives sources, what we need to do and what Telcom’s  operators needs to do. We need to sit down and be able to come up with solutions that will be a win solution to everyone”, said Mavetera
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Minister Mavetera also stipulated precise time frames for which some of the policies in the ICT sector will run.

Hon Mavetera spoke about the National Broadband Plan which she said has been running since 2020 until 2030. She also revealed that the National ITC Plan will run for five years, with the Smart Zimbabwe Master Plan running for 10 years.

Hon Mavetera revealed this among other plethora of promises that include engaging the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) on costs of base stations during the launch of three ICT policies in Somabhula recently.

“The National Broadband Plan will run from 2020 to 2030 while the National ICT policy will run for five years with the Smart Zimbabwe Master Plan running for 10 years until 2030,” said Mavetera.

During the official launch of the three documents in Somabhula two weeks ago, President Dr. Emmerson Mnangagwa reiterated that the Smart Zimbabwe 2030 Master Plan would see the country achieving more creative societies through the use of technology.

“Digital technologies must go beyond the use of ICT for social media and entertainment. We must use the infrastructure that my Government is putting in place to improve service delivery in healthcare, education and agriculture, among many other aspects,” said Mnangagwa.

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