NetOne installs boosters to mark 20 years of existence
MOBILE network operator Netone is installing network boosters in remote areas to celebrate 20 years of the company’s existence.
Yesterday, the company commissioned a network booster at Sipepa Village in Ward Five Tsholotsho.
The area is reportedly facing challenges in network reception.
Netone Chief Finance Officer, Mrs Sibusisiwe Ndlovu, said the company is celebrating by giving back to society through installing boosters in remote areas.
She said NetOne is a government network and the State is helping fund the booster installation project.
Mrs Ndlovu said NetOne is getting a favourable response to the recently introduced new services, OneFusion and OneMusic.
“OneFusion is a monthly prepaid service with bundles of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $150 and $200,” said Mrs Ndlovu.
“Once clients subscribe to the platform, they can enjoy telecoms benefits, starting from 60 minutes for NetOne-to-NetOne calls and 18 minutes for outside network calls with 15mb data and 700mb of Whatsapp data, 900mb for Facebook and 10 messages.”
She said Netone has collaborated with the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) to help the villagers who are pensioners.
“They no longer have to go to banks to get money. They can register and receive their pensions through OneWallet, a Netone service,” said Mrs Ndlovu.
Assistant Deputy Director in the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services (MICTPCS), Mr Tapiwa Gumindoga, said the ministry would open a one-stop communication centre in Tsholotsho.
He said the communication centre would have 20 computers, printers, scanners and television screens.
“Zim-Asset talks of socio economic transformation, and to make this possible we will set up a communication centre where school children in Tsholotsho will do their research. The centre will also benefit farmers as they will get to research on the current market prices for their produce without having to get to urban areas to find out. The ministry seeks to promote equal access to information to both the people in towns and in rural areas,” said Mr Gumindoga.
He said NetOne is helping to fulfil the socio economic goal of Zim-Asset.
Mr Gumindoga said the establishment of a booster meant job opportunities for the villagers as they would start selling airtime and some would be employed as OneWallet agents.
Netone was the first cellular network operator in Zimbabwe.
It was launched with 500 lines in Harare in 1996 and has grown to over a million subscribers. — @ cchikayi.