On Tuesday this week, Econet announced that it has connected the SEACOM optic fibre cable and is ready to switch on once the green light is given by the regulators. Well, we have more news on that today.
A credible source tells us we might all be enjoying this fibre sooner than we anticipated; if all things go according to plan, Econet is likely to switch on its fibre network as early as next week. Our source tells us the fibre network will be available for homes, businesses and other telecommunication firms.
Same source says ZOL, Zimbabwe’s biggest ISP, has already bought itself some wholesale bandwidth and will be ready to push to its clients once the network is switched on.
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Currently, most of Zimbabwe’s internet traffic flows through PowerTel’s overhead optic fibre connecting to a BTC node in Botswana. The Powertel fibre has had its fair share of downtime and when it does go down it effectively grounds the whole Zimbabwe.
This will change. Together, Econet and PowerTel will provide the much needed redundancy internet connectivity should have.