On November 30 2009, we posted an article titled “Ambitious New Telecoms Operator, Broadlands Networks”. In the article, we expressed our reservations on some (now) clearly overambitious statements made by Broadlands Networks CEO, Chemist Siziba in a local weekly paper.
Then, Broadlands promised that there’d be “…no blade of grass that we will not cover in January.” Obviously, this did not happen. It’s March now and I personally do not know of a blade of grass that has been covered. If you, dear reader do, please let us know in the comments section below. What we’ve seen though is the emergence of a row between Broadlands and the telecommunications regulator. The kind of wrangling that starts when things are not in order. You know, the TeleAccess kind of row.
We don’t question the capability of Broadlands Networks to deliver. We don’t question their dream. Indeed, we wish more Zimbabwean entrepreneurs could dream this big and work towards making communication technologies accessible to more Zimbabweans. We just get worried when a company deliberately raises the hopes of the unconnected with statements like “This is a must application of technology for the poorest of the poor” and hasty promises of covering every blade of grass in the country.