Zimbabwe provides USD6m for rural rollout

19 Feb 2020

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has launched a USD6 million scheme to improve rural communications. The Passive Telecommunications Infrastructure Project, supported by the Universal Services Fund (USF), will deploy 20 shared base stations in Masvingo, Manicaland, Matabeleland North, Midlands, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central and Matabeleland South provinces.

POTRAZ spokesperson George Manyaya said: ‘The project aims to bridge the digital divide as witnessed by the upsurge in the country’s mobile and internet penetration rates. We expect, upon completion of the project, mobile telecoms firms will share the infrastructure and the facilities.’