Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has launched Zimbabwe’s first nationwide broadband service after unveiling a $100 million network covering the country’s major cities.
The service was launched in Harare on Wednesday.
The network uses the latest 3G and WiMax technology, and is linked together by a fibre optic transmission system, with a satellite back-up to ensure reliability.
Douglas Mboweni, Econet Wireless CEO, said the broadband was the most ambitious project undertaken by the company since its launch in 1998, adding that broadband would play a pivotal role in the reconstruction of Zimbabwe’s economy.
“We have essentially connected Zimbabwe to the global digital economy,” Mboweni said.
Econet has truncated the service packages, a mobile, home and office, to cater for the different needs and preferences of users.
The “On The Go” package will be offered for customers on the move using data-capable mobile phones.
In preparation for the launch, Econet has already stocked its shops with a wide range of smartphones, which have the capability to send and receive emails and make video calls.
With “On The Go”, Econet customers can also access the Internet on their laptops from anywhere in the country.
Econet Broadband’s home solution, “@HOME”, offers Internet access at home, allowing users to use the Web for business, school or leisure.
For the business user, Econet offers a high-powered package known as “@WORK”.