Minister of Information Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa

Deployment of Makuti- Chirundu Optic Fibre Complete

Government, through the Ministry of ICT has completed its deployment of the optic Fibre from Makuti to Chirundu has been complete, TechnoMag has learnt.

The completion of the optic fibre is a means towards digital inclusion, between the urban and the rural areas, to close the digital divide within unconnected communities and under-served populations.

Addressing the press yesterday at a Cabinet briefing yesterday Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa said the 100-day implementation of the projects by the ICT ministry was complete.

“The other project the Ministry of ICT has completed is deployment of optic fibre from Makuti to Chirundu. Under this project preliminary works were completed on the 65km fibre Optic Link from Makuti TelOne Exchange to Chirundu TelOne Exchange,” she said.

According to Hon Mutsvangwa the ministry has also completed other projects in efforts to bridge the digital divide between the connected and unconnected areas in the country.

” 20 Community Information Centres were set up in parts of Harare, Chirumhanzu District, Rurawa, Chegutu, Kadoma, Chinhoyi, Karoi, Bulawayo, Gwanda, Hwange and Inciza. In all these places the Information Centres are already functional,”

“The other project that they have completed is the deployment of 10 base stations in Matobo, Inciza, Mbire, Zvimba, Chimanimani, Mt Darwin, Mberengwa, Mberengwa East and Kwekwe,” she added.

Last year Cabinet approved the deployment of the Makuti-Chirundu Fibre as a 100-day priority project to be immediately implemented by the Ministry of ICT.

Also part of their projects was the deployment of 10 base stations in rural areas to enhance access to information. Deployment 24 Containerised Village Information Centres and establishment of WiFi hotspots in Harare which they have also completed.

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