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State should lead on infrastructure, dangerous for private players to own it: Min. of ICT

   

Telecoms infrastructure is back in the news again. No, it isn’t another loaded press release from an operator. Instead, we have some words from the Minister of ICT, Honourable Supa Mandiwanzira.

We managed to ask him a couple of questions regarding his views on infrastructure rollout at a national level as well as its distribution, with a direct reference to national fibre rollout. This was on the heels of TelOne’s launch of its Fibre to the Home service.

Referencing the remarks that he had shared in his address at the TelOne launch, Minister Mandiwanzira pointed out how the State should take the lead role in the deployment of broadband infrastructure, while giving private operators the opportunity to offer last mile connectivity.

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He also pointed out how it is dangerous for broadband infrastructure to be in the hand of private entities and individuals because of the inevitable reliance the country will have on internet based technology.

You can listen to the interview from the audio link below.


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