ZOL Fibroniks is now looking beyond Harare. According to a press release from the Liquid Telecom website, (Liquid is the fibre infrastructure concern that owns the Internet Service Provider ZOL Zimbabwe), work has already started to introduce a Fibre to the Home service in the resort town of Victoria Falls.
Liquid Telecom has already laid fibre rings around Victoria Falls and these are meant to provide multiple routes of redundancy.
Liquid says it will soon be starting the next stage of the Fibre to the Home rollout, which will be the laying of fibre to homes and businesses in the town. The ZOL Fibroniks FTTH service will be offered over this Liquid Fibre network.
The ZOL Fibroniks package has been marketed extensively, and for some time was the cheapest fibre to the Home solution on the market with an entry package going for $39 per month. That changed as recently as last week when another provider, State-owned TelOne, introduced its Fibre service that is slightly cheaper at $36.
TelOne, which has the second largest fibre network in Zimbabwe, is targeting a rollout of its fibre service to parts of Harare as well as small towns like Zvishavane, Ngezi and Norton which is located just outside the capital city.
This new development from Liquid makes Victoria Falls the second area to receive ZOL Fibroniks, which is currently available in Harare only. ZOL Fibroniks has a target of 100,000 connections by the end of this year.
The target market in Victoria Falls will be part of the 35,000 residents of the small town, as well as the various small businesses that provide service to its numerous tourists.
All of this coming at the backdrop of the Innovation Africa Digital Summit happening in Victoria Falls right now. Liquid has been providing a broadband connection for delegates there, something that it has done in the past when it provided broadband for the UNWTO summit.
The move to connect Victoria Falls comes after Liquid made a $5 million investment in the construction of a new fibre link between Lusaka and Victoria Falls in Livingstone as a service channel for retail and wholesale customers. Liquid had previously sourced $150 million for extended fibre rollout throughout Africa, with party of this fund earmarked for FTTH rollout in Zambia and Zimbabwe.