TelOne's $98 million, Rolls Out National Broadband

The TelOne $98 Million loan facility which had taken long time coming, is set to drive TelOne as a fully converged telecommunication player, as they bring data enabled telecommunication services to their fixed landlines, as they commence the national roll out.

While traditionally they have been known as a fixed telephone service provider, TelOne has been encroaching into the data market with their IAP licence and Harare to Vicfalls fibre link, which has boosted their business as an IP based telecommunications service provider  

TelOne has begun the roll-out of the National Broadband (NBB) Project network under the $98 million China Exim Bank facility, which has been granted a National Project status. The implementation of the network modernization project, which commenced late last year is expected to take a period of 18 to 24 months.


An upgrade of exchanges under the project will result in the modification of area codes and landline numbers across the country as TelOne moves to offer world-class, cutting edge communication solutions to every Zimbabwean guaranteeing that customers get more from their landline.

In a statement TelOne announced

Upgrading our network means a whole new range of services and capabilities in the network. Customers will now be able to recharge their accounts in advance to avoid surprise bills at the end of the month. They can also enjoy enhanced crystal clear voice, faster internet speeds, Internet TV, Interactive Voice Response Services, video and tele-conferencing and toll free services. The new era of convergence will also bring seamless communication with more value-added services than ever before from TelOne.

Phase 1 of the National Broadband Project which has been partly completed includes;

  • Bulawayo-Victoria Falls link upgrade
  • Mutare-Harare-Bulawayo-Plumtree transmission upgrade
  • Harare–Mutare network upgrade
  • Set up of state of the art Harare Main and Mazoe Data Centres
  • Prepaid Billing System
  • Core Network Upgrade

Further exciting capabilities under the upgrade include:

  • Easy recharge – Using one line customers can enjoy both broadband and voice on one account

  • Bundled products

  • Social Media bundles

  • Closed User Groups

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