STATE owned converged telecommunications firm TelOne will by June this year commission the Beitbridge-Bulawayo Fibre Link as part of its National Fibre Backbone Project.
TelOne is presently the only major Zimbabwean company which has equity in the East African Cable System (EASSy), through WIOCC, a firm partly owned by a consortium of 14 African telecoms operators. TelOne accesses EASSy and SEACOM via Mozambique (TDM) and South Africa (InfraCo).
Speaking on the sidelines of Talk, Surf, Win and Experience Promotion Grand Draw on Saturday, the company’s Managing Director Chipo Mutasa said preparations for the unveiling of this link are well on course.
“We are about to commission the Beitbridge to Bulawayo link which is part of our backbone fibre project.
“We expect to launch it before half year, probably by end of May,” she said.
She also said the national fibre backbone project has leveraged the company as it enables them to offer unparallelled services to their clients.
“TelOne has been positioned effectively with the commissioning of the link,” she said.
To date, has drawn down $33 million from the China Exim Bank’s $98 million facility, as it moves to introduce more services to counter the decreasing voice revenue.
About a fortnight ago, TelOne recently its state of the art $4 million data centre as part of their efforts to transform the company’s business model through a shift from a fixed landline to a broadband based business.