TelOne tar­gets 1k in­ter­net hot spots

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo Chron­i­cle Re­porter

TELOne has said it is push­ing to es­tab­lish 1 000 in­ter­net hotspots in the coun­try from the cur­rent 250.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day af­ter do­nat­ing 100 bins to the City of Bu­l­awayo, TelOne manag­ing direc­tor Ms Chipo Mtasa said the com­pany was also work­ing on de­vel­op­ing its own ap­pli­ca­tion us­able on smart phones.

“We hope to have es­tab­lished more than 1000 hotspots coun­ty­wide which in turn will in­crease the num­ber of peo­ple who will ac­cess in­ter­net,” she said.

On their do­na­tion to the BCC, Ms Mtasa said sup­port­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment was one of the key the­matic ar­eas in their Cor­po­rate So­cial In­vest­ment.

“At TelOne we are not just about pro­vid­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion so­lu­tions but also about con­nect­ing the com­mu­nity and es­tab­lish­ing last­ing re­la­tion­ships through ser­vices and giv­ing back,” she said.

“We have been re­cy­cling oil drums and poles re­cov­ered from our op­er­a­tional sites to make the bins.”

Bu­l­awayo act­ing mayor Coun­cil­lor Si­las Chig­ora said the city can only im­prove in clean­li­ness if cor­po­rates and res­i­dents join in the drive like what TelOne had done.

“We are cur­rently im­ple­ment­ing the Bu­l­awayo Solid Waste Im­prove­ment Plat­form ini­tia­tive which is a com­bined ef­fort from res­i­dents, Gov­ern­ment, the civic sec­tor and the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“The bin cov­er­age in the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict is about 60 per­cent and the do­na­tion will im­prove the num­ber or re­cep­ta­cles in the city. We there­fore ap­pre­ci­ate the kind ges­ture and im­plore res­i­dents to utilise the bins that have been do­nated,” said Clr Chig­ora. — @thamamoe

Mr Lir­ile Dube and Mr Clare­mont Siny­oro (left) TelOne em­ploy­ees with some of the 100 refuse bins they do­nated to the city coun­cil dur­ing the com­pany’s clean up cam­paign at the Large City Hall yes­ter­day. —Pic­ture by Den­nis Mudza­miri

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