Zimbabwean mobile network operator Telecel is reportedly panning to expand its mobile networks to rural areas of the Matabeleland region throughout 2014, local newspaper The Chronicle reports. Nelson Chipangamate, regional manager for the company’s southern operations disclosed: ‘We want to continue increasing our network to previously marginalised areas that had not enjoyed coverage. In the southern region, this year we are [aiming] to increase network coverage, especially in the Gwanda, Bulilima and Mangwe districts.’ Further, the executive stated that in 2013 Tecelel increased network coverage in a number of remote areas, such as Binga, that previously lacked coverage altogether. As such, new base stations were deployed in: Empress Mine, Gwesi, Main Line Turnoff, Mashava, Rukotso, Sengwa, Silobela, Sternmore, Troutberg, Tsholotsho, Bikita, Nyika, Zaka, Queens Mine, Dema and Zhombe. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Telecel’s 2G network currently covers around 80% of the country’s territory.