NetOne in­stalls boost­ers to mark 20 years of ex­is­tence

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Worldwide - Crys­ta­bel Chikayi

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.

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