From : Newsday.co.zw
By : Pride Gonde
24 August 2012
TelOne has embarked on the construction of a fibre optic link from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls, a move that is set to improve connectivity to the resort town ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly scheduled for next year.

The former State-owned fixed telephone service provider recently completed the construction of the Harare-Bulawayo fibre optic link and in the process connected all cities and towns along the route.

Connection of the Victoria Falls cable according to TelOne managing director Hampton Mhlanga would be linked to the West African Cable System to bring in more international broadband capacity and also offer diversity routing of international traffic.

“It is anticipated that this link will be commissioned in time to deliver high-speed connectivity to Victoria Falls in time for the UNWTO indaba scheduled for August 2013,” said Mhlanga at the company’s Harare Agricultural Show exhibition stand.

“Another fibre transmission backbone project linking Bulawayo to Beitbridge is also underway.

“The Beitbridge link will further connect to the undersea fibre cable systems off the South African coast.”

He said the South African link would provide diversity and guarantee seamless and uninterrupted connectivity to the Internet in case the already-connected Eastern Africa Submarine Cable system was down. Another project lined up for UNWTO indaba is the expansion of broadband through the Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) service that to date has close to 10 000 activated broadband lines.