Zimbabwe fixed line operator TelOne announced its plans to launch high speed broadband services in Victoria Falls in July 2013, ahead of the United Nations (UN) World Tourism Organisation General Assembly in Victoria Falls and Livingstone set for 24-29 August 2013. Installation of a high speed fibre-optic backbone route linking Victoria Falls to the country’s second-largest city Bulawayo is scheduled to be finished in July, and according to TelOne’s CEO Mrs Chipo Mtasa, cited by All Africa, ‘Significant progress is being made in laying fibre right round the city [Victoria Falls]; the project is nearing completion.’ She added that the new fibre infrastructure would allow access to broadband connections via TelOne Wi-Fi hotspots across the city.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, TelOne’s 280km Harare-Mutare fibre backbone went live in March 2011, providing indirect access to the East African Submarine System (EASSy) via Beira in Mozambique. TelOne owns a stake in EASSy through the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC), which holds 30% of the consortium cable. In April 2012 TelOne announced the completion of another fibre cable, this time from Harare to second-largest city Bulawayo.