Zimbabwe fixed line operator TelOne has launched its high speed broadband services in Victoria Falls, ahead of the United Nations (UN) World Tourism Organisation General Assembly in Victoria Falls and Livingstone set for 24-29 August 2013. According to a report from TechZim, the company has completed the installation of the high speed fibre-optic backbone route linking Victoria Falls to the country’s second-largest city, Bulawayo. The new fibre infrastructure allows access to broadband connections via TelOne’s 22 Wi-Fi hotspots in the resort town. TelOne currently has five data bundles on offer: the introductory plan priced at USD1 provides 50MB download allowance and is valid for 30 days, while the premium offer marketed at USD20 includes 2.5GB allowance and has 365 days validity.
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 Bulawayo.