The Herald reports this morning that TelOne, the state owned fixed telephone operator, has completed the fibre backbone project to connect Harare directly to an Internet fibre cable coming out of Mozambique. According to the article the official commissioning of the optic fibre will be done ‘soon’. Probably means end of January latest.
There are no details in the article about the total bandwidth capacity TelOne will bring into the country through this cable or where it’s buying the capacity from. Our guess is Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TDM), Mozambique’s national telecommunications and internet service provider. TDM has a direct connection to the
Seacom EASSy undersea fibre cable at the Maputo shores. Update: Both TDM and TelOne are EASSy shareholders through WOICC, a consortium that owns 29% majority shareholding in EASSy.
This effectively makes TelOne the second operator in Zimbabwe to connect to an international optic fibre cable bringing high speed Internet into the country. Well, third actually; Africom has confirmed at some events in a strangely subtle way that it’s already connected to the TDM fibre on the same route. The first Zim telco to make a handshake with an international fibre cable was state owned backbone fibre provider PowerTel when it connected to the Botswana Telecommunications (BTC) fibre, back in March this year.
TelOne was able to execute the national priority project through a US$7 million national budget allocation this year.