The Zimbabwe government has allocated ZWL8 billion (USD89 million) to improve ICT services in the country in 2021. The funds will go towards the rollout of fibre-optic networks, improving access to online public services, and the development of digital TV services. State-owned cellco NetOne is also investing USD18 million on the rollout of 4G equipment in 2021 financed by a USD71 million loan from China Eximbank. Meanwhile, the Universal Services Fund will contribute USD6 million to deploy ten base stations in rural areas which will be shared by the country’s three mobile operators.
Biztech Africa quotes Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube as saying: ‘In order to improve access to ICT services, the government will facilitate deployment of broadband infrastructure and investments in last mile connectivity by industry players that will ensure affordable, accessible, ubiquitous and reliable ICT services that support an inclusive digital economy.’