NetOne plans construction of $10m head office

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NetOne, a telecommunications service provider, is set to construct a head office at a cost of $10 million along Arcturus Road near Chikurubi police residential camp.

The company said the head office will house telecommunication equipment, associated masts, sports facility for approved club members and a water supply system comprising on-site boreholes.

The offices will also have an on-site sewage reticulation system and internal road network and external road realignment.

Market sources said: The project has already gone to tender and has been won. It will cost around $10 million.

The environmental impact assessment will include air pollution potential, waste management, water pollution from resultant effluent, road access and safety, occupational safety and health.

The impact identification, impact analysis impact evaluation and the environment management plan will cover the whole project life cycle, the company said in a statement.

Last year the company rolled out broadband services to its subscribers after it accessed $60 million required to fund the exercise.

Managing director Reward Kangai said the company received funds from China Export-Import Bank, Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe, CBZ Bank and BancABC.

We are installing equipment all over the country with the funds availed. We are waiting for the test run which is being done on some of our customers, he said.

Kangai said the company intended to increase Internet access services to its customers throughout the country.

He said the company was connecting from Harare to the East Africa submarine easycable system through TelOne infrastructure, adding through this connection it would provide fast Internet connection service to customers. Kangai said the company had set aside $500 000 for the upgrading of call centres countrywide.