Zimbabwe’s state-owned fixed line operator TelOne has revealed that it is 60% of the way through a project to connect 20,000 households to fibre via its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) rollout. A report from local news portal The Source says the telco has completed links from Harare to Mutare, Bulawayo and Kariba, while other major towns such as Gwanda and Masvingo have also been connected. Work is underway to connect the border town of Beitbridge. The firm says the work will enable it to diversify its business and shift its focus to the broadband segment as fixed voice revenues continue to decline. Funds for the fibre deployment have come via a loan from Chinese banks.