Powertel wants to support the Zimbabwean government’s digital transformation ambitions. The company plans to invest 570 million in its telecoms network over the next seven years.
Powertel Communications, a subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA Holdings Group) specializing in the provision of fiber optic internet, on Thursday, November 23, signed a memorandum of understanding worth $100 million for the modernization of its telecoms network. The contract also includes the establishment of a rural data transmission program.
This partnership is part of the Powertel telecommunications network expansion program announced last August. The company plans to invest $570 million to improve broadband connectivity coverage across the country. The focus will be on fixed access, mobile access, 4G LTE, 5G, national backbone, Internet of Things (IoT)…
Through this initiative, Powertel wants to improve its efficiency and profits. The company also seeks to support the Zimbabwean government’s digital transformation plans. Among other initiatives, the executive has made it its mission to connect more than 8,000 schools, 3,000 clinics, police camps and army barracks across the country.
“ We will leverage the infrastructure of the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) to connect marginalized schools and clinics, improve smart agriculture, e-health and e-education, through these collaborations ,” said Willard Nyagwande, Acting Managing Director of Powertel.
According to the latest statistics from the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), the country has 14.05 million mobile subscribers with a penetration rate of 92.6%. The same source indicates that the total number of active subscriptions to the Internet and services is 9.9 million, representing a penetration rate of 65.4%.