Dark Fibre launches network that should help lower internet costs whilst improving speed and reliability in Zimbabwe

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Some of this stuff may go over some people’s heads, especially mine. So here’s the gist of the news we are sharing here.

Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) Zimbabwe, a company that builds fibre optic networks, launched a new internet network.

This new network stretches over 1,500 kilometers throughout Zimbabwe, connecting Harare, Bulawayo, and Victoria Falls. It even links up to South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, and Mozambique. Liquid and TelOne mays still have more extensive networks but this is a welcome development.

The project cost over $18 million and was officially opened by President Mnangagwa. We talked about this a few months ago. It’s the same Dandemutande project we talked about, DFA was a partner in that venture.

The update is that the network is ready for commercial deployment, meaning that internet service providers, businesses, and individual consumers can all get connections now.

We have long complained about the internet access situation in the country and DFA’s network goes a long way to chipping away at that problem. This network helps make the internet cheaper, faster and more reliable across Zimbabwe.

Key Points:

  • Company: Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) Zimbabwe
  • Project: New long-haul fiber optic internet network
  • Reach: Over 1,500 kilometers across Zimbabwe and into neighboring countries
  • Importance: Improves internet speed, reliability, and regional connectivity.

DFA Zimbabwe Long-Haul Network Launched

DFA Zimbabwe is igniting Zimbabwe’s digital future with the launch of its long-haul network.
It has announced that its long-haul fibre optic network spanning over 1500 kilometres is now
ready for commercialization. The inter-city network built along the railway servitude stretches
from Beitbridge to Victoria Falls via Bulawayo and connects to the capital city of Harare. The
new long-haul fibre infrastructure will position Zimbabwe as a regional transit hub for
telecommunications traffic in Southern Africa enabling cross-border connectivity to South
Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Mozambique.

The long-haul infrastructure was officially launched by His Excellency the President of the
Republic of Zimbabwe Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa in Somabhula on the 7 th of
March 2024. The infrastructure was built in partnership with BCS and Dandemutande. More
than US$18million was invested into the project by the partners in a co-build arrangement.

The critical infrastructure represents a significant leap forward in the country’s
telecommunications landscape as this development will provide a much-needed diversity
and capacity to Zimbabwe’s international bandwidth service. DFA Zimbabwe has now
included long-haul dark and lit fibre services to its product offering. The high-bandwidth, low-
latency fibre optic network will offer service providers, ISPs, businesses, and consumers
alike a reliable and efficient platform for data transmission.

This long-haul fibre network will be complemented by DFA Zimbabwe’s metro ethernet next-
generation network (NGN) in the major cities of Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare which already
boasts of the highest availability in the country offering multiple cores and multi-gigabit
capacity. DFA Zimbabwe’s fibre infrastructure is paving the way for high-speed data
transmission and a plethora of advanced telecommunication services across the nation.
Businesses and consumers alike will experience a surge in data transmission speeds at
affordable price points, enabling a new era of online experiences.

“We are excited to launch our long-haul network and we are thrilled to open the doors for
commercial service on this transformative network,” said Simon Chimutsotso, Chief
Executive Officer of DFA Zimbabwe. “The DFA Zimbabwe long-haul network is a game-
changer, empowering businesses with unwavering network stability and consistent
connectivity for critical services.” he added.

DFA Zimbabwe’s long-haul network leverages Zimbabwe’s existing rail infrastructure,
creating a secure and high-capacity connection between the country’s key locations. The
new network utilizes the latest advancements in fibre optic technology including Dense
wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) equipment. This allows the network to transmit
data at terabit speeds over long distances without sacrificing signal quality.

Key features of the DFA Zimbabwe next-generation long-haul network:

  • Increased capacity: The long-haul network can handle significantly more data traffic than traditional networks.
  • Improved reliability: The network is designed to be highly reliable, with redundant paths to ensure that data can always reach its destination.
  • Lower latency: The network has a low latency, which means that there is less delay in data transmission.
  • Scalability: The network can be easily scaled to meet the growing needs of customers.

DFA Zimbabwe upgraded to become a Unified Telecommunication Service Licence holder
with POTRAZ in September 2023. Its vision extends beyond national borders, with future
projects aiming to connect Zimbabwe to neighbouring countries, solidifying its position as a
regional leader in communication infrastructure.

DFA Zimbabwe welcomes businesses and organizations to discuss their connectivity needs
and to explore the boundless possibilities offered by its next-generation network. With
unparalleled capacity and unwavering reliability, DFA’s network is poised to transform
Zimbabwe’s telecommunications landscape, fuelling a future brimming with digital

Customers can contact DFA Zimbabwe to explore connectivity options on

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  1. ClydexGamingYT

    Yah but will they meet the people’s expectations

  2. 442

    Nothing cheaper than starlink wic the gvt rejected

  3. Iona

    We won’t hold our breathe,Zim has a culture of promises never delivered. What use is fast internet if you barely use it then you get that nice you have depleted your data message.

  4. The Last Don

    How are they going to offer cheaper connectivity if they don’t have the last mile infrastructure to customers? In SA it was possible because OpenServe (the infrastructure company for Telkom) offered/leased other ISPs fibres on its extensive fibre optic network which runs on its landline infrastructure so we connected fibre for other companies such as Vodacom, MTN Telkom, Cell C, Mweb, Afrihost, WebAfrica, etc, on OpenServe infrastructure. If DFA has no last mile infrastructure then I don’t see them achieving that unless they rent fibres from Liquid Intelligent Technologies and others who already have fibre networks.

    1. K

      DFA have their own infrastructure. I am in the process of getting it installed, about 3km off their ring

    2. Robert Ndlovu

      More like it

  5. D.K.

    What makes this network faster or better than the existing networks? Is it a new type of fiber or the use of modern technology switches and routers?

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  7. Prince

    This article sounds more like just a Marketing / PR piece, instead of news.
    It doesn’t say how or why this DFA is anticipated to make internet cheaper, nor does it explain how or why they have faster speeds.

  8. Ktm

    A very good move everyone has been waiting for.Hope it will be affordable to the millions of Zimbabweans who are struggling to get on the Internet and keep them abreast to what is happening around the world.Well done to our new service provider.

  9. Wessel Visser

    It’s very welcome
    And it’s overdue
    Happy and grateful for this service coming to town
    I live in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

  10. Trust

    As long it includes nesu vekumapurazi nekwaBushu bhoo zvekuti

  11. Anonymous

    When are we set to see lower pricing and faster speeds after this has been implementes

  12. Sadney

    I think what we need to know as zimboz is the current update of starlink application which the gvt said it received,we are sick and tired of these unreliable internet services which barely offer live stream due to slow speeds and poor connections.

    1. Econet must gall

      True my bru econet is raping us imagine its 2024 nit even 1 single MNO doesnt offer unlimited internet

      1. Userr

        True,not even 1 offers,and it’s 2024. In some countries they have been enjoying that for decades. In Zim some have abused that space ,because of a lack of competition,to make themselves billionaires by providing overpriced services

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