State owned backhaul Internet Access Provider, PowerTel has launched 3G CDMA mobile broadband in Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo. The official launch took place at the close of 2010 and the mobile internet service is now fully operational.
According to information received from PowerTel Sales & Marketing Manager, Mr. Willard Nyangwande, three CDMA base stations have been installed in Bulawayo.
Mr. Nyagwande also revealed that CDMA services in Kwekwe and Gweru are also ready for commercial use and official launch is scheduled for 27 and 28 January respectively. On when mobile broadband will be launched in other Zimbabwe cities & towns like Mutare, Masvingo and Kadoma, Mr. Nyagwande promised “in the first quarter we will be up”.
On PowerTel’s general mobile internet service stability Mr. Nyagwande explained that stability has improved lately: “As we install more base stations speed is usually slightly affected but its really working. Our Customers should just know that there will be some slight service interruption during this period. We have experts working on the best speed in Zimbabwe”
Talk about PowerTel’s expansion out of Harare started last year in October when PowerTel opened up the service to more subscribers.