Fibre optic cable to link Zimbabwe with South Africa delayed by six months.

By bne IntelliNews January 16, 2012
Logistical problems have delayed works on a fibre optic cable that will link Zimbabwe to the undersea cable in South Africa and will bolster service provision by state-owned telecom companies NetOne and TelOne, The Herald Online reported, quoting Zimbabwes Information Communication Technology Minister Nelson Chamisa. The construction works started in May 2011 and should be finalised by the end of 2011. The cable starts from Zimbabwes capital of Harare, passes through the second largest city of Bulawayo and reaches to Beitbridge on the border with South Africa to merge into an existing cable that reaches to the undersea optic cable. Chamisa said that the cable has reached Bulawayo and is expected to reach Beitbridge by mid-year. He added that all the necessary funding to complete the project was available. "It is vital that we complete this link on time because everyday that we go without being connected is a big loss for the country and the economy," Chamisa was quoted as saying. Zimbabwe embarked on the fibre optic projects to improve broadband services as the existing Mazowe earth satellite link proved to be expensive and had limited Internet services capacity. Once completed, the fibre optic link will enable faster Internet and telephone connections and improved data transmission.

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