- Government commissions 4 new base station Towers and 13 CICs
- Development bring equality between central and marginal locations
- Importance of internet connectivity
The government of Zimbabwe through the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) has established four new broadband base station towers and 13 Communication information centers (CIC) in Matebeleland south.
Situated in Manama, Hangwa, Maitengwe and Mayobhodo, the towers will help people in the province get access to Internet services in the digital world where internet connectivity has become of abundance importance.
The Covid-19 induced lockdown uncovered a massive digital divide in the education, employment, health as and entertainment sectors leaving those in rural and remote locations unable to make online applications, work remotely, learn remotely due to lack of internet connectivity.
CICs will help in providing those who cannot afford to make the necessary gadgets and data a chance to get connected at an affordable price.
In his keynote address, Minister Muswere said “Throughout history, technology has been a dominant force in driving economic growth that uplifts countries and their people,”.
In line with the e-learning drive, through the Universal Services Fund (USF), the development by POTRAZ has facilitated the provision of connectivity to 76 schools in Matabeleland South under the Schools Connectivity Programme and a further 38 schools are set to benefit.
Using the same fund, the regulator has distributed 540 laptops to local schools with 428 more sets to be distributed to 49 schools in the province.