Programme to improve internet access in Zimbabwe nears completion

8 November 2010

A programme that will improve the internet infrastructure of Zimbabwe will be completed by the end of the year.

The $6.2 million (£3.8 million) scheme will see fibre optic cables rolled out across the country, the Standard reports.

Minister of information and communication technology Nelson Chamisa said once it is finished, there will an operational capacity of ten gigabytes per second - which will take 50 years to exhaust.

He noted other nations who have made the switch to fibre optic cables have seen costs drop as a result.

Key cities in Zimbabwe will be able to benefit from the project, while the private sector will be free to implement a similar project in rural areas.

According to the news provider, the country will have "ubiquitous connectivity, low-cost access to data and good quality ICT services" by 2014.

The African Development Bank recently gave $50 million to improve ICT across the continent.

Category: ICT

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