Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has announced that it would invest US$32mn for a fibre optic network project to improve Internet bandwidth in the country
Powertel, a subsidiary of ZESA, has assumed responsibility of the project and it plans to finish the work by 2015, said Fullard Gwasira, spokesperson from ZESA.
Gwasira said surveys have already been completed to confirm the feasibility of the project, which would require 1,850 km of cable.
According to him, the returns on investment from the project are expected to be two-fold — a drastic improvement in national capabilities in power monitoring and grid control as well as a significant increase in Internet bandwidth being sold across borders.
“This project is going to support network expansion and enhance quality of service to our consumers. This initiative will increase capacity for growth of the business as well as increasing electricity vending service,” said Gwasira.