The US$23,6 million National Backbone Fibre Links connects Zimbabwe to the rest of the world through South Africa.
The National Backbone Fibre link is a sub-project under the National Broadband Project which was funded through the China Exim Bank $98 million loan facility implemented by Huawei from China and TelOne engineers who completed the project in 18 months.
President Mnangagwa implored all public entities to “take a leaf from this good example and instill a culture of good stewardship, hard honest work, accountability and transparency in the completion of national projects".
“The days of incomplete projects and non-payment of loans are over,” said President Mnangagwa.
As a key player in the Zimbabwe ICT industry, TelOne’s network provides the main backbone network on which other players ride on their services. The National Backbone Fibre link fully establishes and cements TelOne’s position as a premium provider of carrier-grade fibre optic services which include dedicated internet access and cross border transit connectivity.
The link gives TelOne the capacity to carry traffic for all players in Zimbabwe and transit traffic to other neighbouring countries as it allows cross-border backhaul capacity from the Southern Border to the Northern Border and from the Eastern Border to the Northern Border.
Speaking at the Commissioning, TelOne Managing Director Mrs Chipo Mtasa said; “We stand tall celebrating the coming to life of a robust self-healing network, which is our main link to the outside world while also providing redundancy for our Plumtree and Mutare internet routes.”
“What this means is that in the case of a break along one route, traffic can be seamlessly rerouted without any disruption to our clients. The link fully establishes and cements TelOne’s position as a premium provider of carrier-grade fibre optic services...it gives TelOne the capacity to carry traffic for all players in Zimbabwe and transit traffic to other neighbouring countries,” she added.