Pow­er­tel scoops two top awards

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ZESA-OWNED Pow­er­tel Com­mu­ni­ca­tions defied all odds when it scooped two top awards at the re­cently held Zim­babwe In­vest­ment Awards 2016.

The State-owned tele­coms firm scooped the over­all Chair­man Life­time Achieve­ment Award and in­vestor of the year in recog­ni­tion of its hard work in tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments that have im­pacted the liveli­hoods of Zim­bab­weans af­ter suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of its ag­gre­ga­tion fa­cil­ity.

The In­ter­net ser­vice provider also scooped the over­all Tele­coms Com­pany of the Year Award fol­lowed by NetOne, TelOne among other com­pa­nies. The event was or­gan­ised by the Zim­babwe In­vest­ment Au­thor­ity and cel­e­brated by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies at Cresta Sango’s pool in Harare on Fri­day.

Speak­ing at the event, ZIA chair­man Dr Nigel Chanakira com­mended the com­pany’s suc­cess say­ing this was in line with job in­vest­ments, growth in­vest­ments and in­no­va­tions that con­trib­ute to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

The Life­time Achieve­ment Award was won by Econet Wire­less in 2015.

E v en t or­gan­is­ers said Pow­er­tel was ap­pointed as the ag­gre­ga­tor of the most pop­u­lar ser­vice Pow­er­plus pre­paid elec­tric­ity and to date has gen­er­ated em­ploy­ment creation for the na­tion as seen by over 30 000 phys­i­cal chan­nels es­tab­lished to date. Pow­er­tel mar­ket­ing man­ager Mr Pros­per Mutswiri un­der­scored his com­pany’s com­mit­ment to in­no­va­tion, cus­tomer driven sys­tems and na­tion­al­is­tic su­per­flu­ous prod­ucts that will ad­dress the needs of the Zim­bab­wean cus­tomer. Pow­er­tel is Zim­babwe’s li­censed con­verged telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions op­er­a­tor. It is a wholly owned sub­sidiary of Zesa Hold­ings man­dated with pro­vid­ing to­tal ICT so­lu­tions for the power util­ity and the Zim­bab­wean mar­ket. The firm pro­vides back­bone ca­pac­ity (car­rier ser­vice to lo­cal op­er­a­tors and big cus­tomers, vir­tual pri­vate net­work ser­vices and re­mote ac­cess con­nec­tiv­ity), In­ter­net ser­vice pro­vi­sion (whole­sale, busi­ness and mo­bile), seam­less branch to branch con­nec­tiv­ity and Voice Over In­ter­net Pro­to­col - VoIP) among other ser­vices. Pow­er­tel has in­vested in the CDMA mo­bile net­work, which al­lows it to pro­vide con­sumer fac­ing ser­vices. To that ef­fect it rolled out a distri­bu­tion net­work of over 167 ac­cess points across the coun­try through a com­mis­sion struc­tured model. This has cre­ated em­ploy­ment for the Zim­bab­wean mar­ket thereby em­pow­er­ing the na­tion.

Dr Nigel Chanakira

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