$155,6m re­leased for NetOne project

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business -

Chi­na­masa has reported that NetOne’s Phase II na­tional net­work broad­band project is still un­der­way since its com­mence­ment in 2014.

The first phase of the project be­gan in 2010 and was com­pleted in 2013 at a cost of about $45 mil­lion.

“Progress is be­ing made in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Phase II of the Net-One Na­tional Net­work Broad­band Project cur­rently un­der­way. To date, $155,6 mil­lion has been dis­bursed to the project,” said the min­is­ter in his mid-term fis­cal pol­icy state­ment last week.

Among other achieve­ments, Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa in­di­cated that progress had been made in in­stalling mo­bile soft-switch and me­dia gate­way with ca­pac­ity of four mil­lion sub­scribers as well as up­grad­ing of the packet core net­work to sup­port 4G tech­nol­ogy.

“On the wire­less net­work, 2 003 sec­ond and third gen­er­a­tion base sta­tions (2G/3G) have been de­liv­ered, against a tar­get of 2 236. On civil works, 89 pine tree tow­ers have been de­liv­ered, against a tar­get of 100,” he said.

To en­sure un­in­ter­rupted power sup­ply, he said 430 diesel engine gen­er­a­tors have been de­liv­ered against a tar­get of 500 while two rec­ti­fiers for Bu­l­awayo and Harare switch­ing cen­tres have also been de­liv­ered.— @okazunga.

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