TelOne has commissioned the Makuti Chirundu fiber optic link as part of its digitisation efforts to connect Zimbabwe at a domestic level and across the Southern region.
The fiber link becomes the second following the Bulawayo – Beitbridge fiber commissioned in March 2019.
The link is part of TelOne’s network modernisation drive that gives the company capabilities to carry domestic tariff players and connects Zimbabwe to Zambia and beyond.
Speaking during the commission in Makuti this morning Minister of ICT Jerfan Muswere said that the fiber link enables Zimbabwe’s connection with other counties in the Southern Africa region.
“We note with pride that the establishment of this Fibre link has the connectivity of Zimbabwe with our neighboring countries, specifically South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia.”
Muswere added that the Fiber link is part of governments plan to enable connectivity and advanced technological infrastructure.
“This project is part of the Government’s effort to upgrade and modernize communications infrastructure thereby reducing the connectivity costs of both data and voice.”
” The Government will now be able to provide its citizens with affordable internet and
create business opportunies along the way, ” he said .
Speaking during same commission Telone Director of Infrastructure and Engineer Lawrence Nkala said , ” the fiber link extends connectivity from Makuti into Zambia and Chirundu, the importance of the link at a local level being that it enables domestic connectivity becoming a base station that feeds local communities .”
Fiber-optic link is a part of an optical fiber communications system which provides a data connection between two points.
It essentially consists of a data transmitter, a transmission fiber and a receiver.
Director Nkala added that there are looking into a fiber link that connects Bulawayo to Victoria falls as they are currently using radius machines.