Minister Of ICT, Postal and Courier Services and Cyber security Hon Kazembe Kazembe officially commissioned the Phumula-Tsholotsho base station on Friday in Matebeleland.
This is the 14th shared base station to be commissioned by the government, 86 km deep down after Tsholotsho centre, a community that had no mobile connection since independence.
Addressing delegates and community members in the area the Minister said that they have undertaken the exercise under the Universal Service Funds, (USF) to connect all disconnected communities.
We want to see all Zimbabweans connected despite political affiliations and regions, it is our hope to cover all areas and patches across the nation”, said Kazembe
“These shared network facilities, are aimed at addressing the remaining issues on network coverage and universal connectivity,”
The Minister also mentioned creativity and innovation as some of the benefits of infrastructure sharing.
“Apart from providing wider consumer choice and enhanced service based competition which in turn promotes creativity and innovation, Infrastructure haring significantly brings down both Capital expenditure (CAPEX) and Operational Expenditure (OPEX), ” he said.
Infrastructure sharing reduces tariffs costs from 16% to 35%.