TelOne Draws Down $54 Million On $98 Mln Facility


The National Broadband (NBB)Project which is being implemented by TelOne under the $98 million ChinaEXIM Bank facility has to date drawn down $54million which has seen TelOne network expansion and modernization.

Melody Harry, TelOne’s Corporate Communications  official said a number of positive developments have been registered over the past few months.

Specific recent developments include; the introduction of pre-paid voice, to date 65 exchanges have already been migrated under this on-going process. This migration has also seen the change of all the country’s area codes and modification of telephone numbers in some instances.

“This development has facilitated the introduction of faster internet, video calling and conferencing, toll free services among other value added services,” she said.

TelOne has also boosted the introduction of the pre-paid voice service with the introduction of voice bundling for all clients on pre-paid voice. Under the bundling and for specific packages clients are getting upto 900 free on-net minutes and 200 free minutes to mobile networks over and above their data bundles.

Meanwhile, with the TelOne 100% Free Data, “TelOne clients can now get 100% free data depending on their usage as a way to encourage consistent recharges as well as increase uptake in the face of the increased capacity that has come out of the NBB project.

“TelOne has completed the implementation of the backbone fibre linking Zimbabwe and South Africa through the Bulawayo-Beitbridge route. This route will see bandwidth landing costs into the country being reduced by upto 40%. An official launch event will be announced in due course.”

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