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Zimbabwe: TelOne’s Fibre Network Reaches 3,700-Km

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Fixed line incumbent TelOne announced that its national fibre backbone has reached 3,700-km, according to its 2017 Sustainability Report, a 42% increase compared to 2,600-km in 2016. In June 2018, the operator announced that it had completed a 600-km fibre link running from the capital Harare to Beitbridge on the border with South Africa via Masvingo (see Zimbabwe: TelOne Completes Fibre Link From Harare To Beitbridge). Major projects completed during 2017/8 include: Bulwayo – Beitbridge optic fibre backbone link, Harare - Masvingo backbone optic fibre link, Mashonaland North Ring node upgrade, Mutare – Harare - Bulawayo - Plumtree node upgrade, Gweru - Masvingo optic fibre upgrade, Bulawayo - Victoria Falls microwave backbone link upgrade, Nyanga - Mutare - Chiredzi IP radio backbone link upgrade, and various fibre to the home projects (FTTH) connecting more than 10,000 homes.

According to its 2017 Sustainability Report, TelOne said that “since 2016, the company has embarked on a capital intensive programme aimed at modernising the telecommunications network starting with backbone links under the National Broadband Project (NBB). The NBB project has increased our fibre footprint to allow us to link all major cities and towns in the country.” At the end of 2015, TelOne secured a US$98.6 million loan facility from the China Exim Bank to undertake the National Broadband Project (NBB). This included a component for Optic Fiber Backbone Network Core and Access Network Modernization, and implementation of the project started in the last quarter of 2016. TelOne says that during 2017 capital expenditure on network modernisation and expansion was US$68 million.

Source: TelOne

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