TelOne’s internet gateway restored

28 Sep 2006

Internet services in Zimbabwe have been restored to normal after fixed line incumbent operator TelOne paid its outstanding USD700,000 debt to satellite communications provider Intelsat, a company spokesman said on Tuesday. Phil Chingwaru confirmed: ‘We were bailed out by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe late on Friday.’ Also on Tuesday, ISP Ecoweb, a subsidiary of the country’s largest cellco Econet, issued a statement rejecting exaggerated media stories that claimed the nation’s entire internet service had ground to a halt because of TelOne’s disconnection by Intelsat. ‘TelOne… is not the only licensed provider of bandwidth in the country. We have plenty of bandwidth and we have taken up most of the slack created by the problems at TelOne,’ read the statement.

Zimbabwe, TelOne