The Deputy Minister of ICT, Postal and Couriuer Services last week conducted a ground breaking ceremony for the TelOne Bulawayo-Beitbridge Backbone Fibre Project at Esigodini, Umzingwane. The event which was attended by hundreds of local leadership members, stakeholders, local businesses, schools heads, farmers and residents generated a lot of excitement around the opportunities expected to be ushered in by the link in the province and across Zimbabwe.
The Bulawayo-Beitbridge optic link is a 330km transmission link of buried fibre, which is expected to deliver high speed internet into Zimbabwe at very low cost. The link will also provide redundancy and will back up the Harare- Mutare route, which is currently being used.
To date, the project has already created 1500 menial jobs for local communities. “This is the direct empowerment that excites and is encouraged by Government to come out of projects of this nature”, said Honourable Deputy Minister Mlambo during the event.
The Bulawayo-Beitbridge Optic Fibre Link is a sub-project under the National Broadband Project which is being funded through the China Exim Bank $98 million loan and being implemented by Huawei.