TELECOMS

POWERTEL IN US$11 MILLION EXPANSION DRIVE IN ZIMBABWE

Telecommunications company PowerTel will soon roll out a project worth US$11 million involving the installation of 3G network services to subscribers from Beitbridge to Victoria Falls.

The telecommunication company is also seeking to expand the national optical fibre backbone and broadband networks while simultaneously providing Internet connection points to Zimbabwe's neighbouring countries.

  PowerTel acting managing director Engineer Edwin Sanyanga told the Herald Business that his company was seeking to expand its coverage by embarking on the installation of fibre cables from Beitbridge to Victoria Falls which will cost US$11 million. This is in line with the country's efforts to increase connectivity ahead of the World Cup soccer extravaganza to be hosted by South Africa in 2010.

"Currently, the company is making frantic efforts to make sure that the project will become a success by negotiating with two Chinese companies for cheaper resources," noted Sanyanga.

Since Beitbridge and Victoria Falls are major tourist attractions there was need to improve access and the flow of information through seamless Internet services. "We are going to offer Internet Hotspot in hotels to generate more revenue for the country," noted Sanyanga.

The Herald

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