STATE-OWNED telecommunications company TelOne is set to commission four additional Fibre to the Home (FTTH) this month with the remainder to be commissioned next month.
BY TARISAI MANDIZHA
TelOne last year embarked on a FTTH project through the Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) to enable customers to enjoy fast Internet services.
Company corporate communications manager Melody Harry told NewsDay recently that the eight FTTH networks would provide service 9 500 homes.
“Significant progress has been made on the FTTH project. Fibre is being rolled out in Harare’s new suburbs that include Mount Pleasant Heights, Mainway Meadows, Tynwald and Westgate. The FTTH project is also being rolled out in Ruwa, Norton, Ngezi and Zvishavane.
“To date TelOne has completed two FTTH networks in Zimre Park and Mt Pleasant Heights and TelOne will soon be announcing the new and exciting packages for fibre to the home,” Harry said.
“Four additional FTTH networks will be commissioned in March 2015 and the remaining two will be commissioned in April, 2015.”
She said TelOne was transforming to ensure that it delivered top class service to its customers.
“This year will thus see the company expanding broadband connectivity by continuing to roll out FTTH solutions in a number of sites around the country.
She added that TelOne was also set to consolidate and expand the Fibre to the building (FTTB) deployment in Bulawayo, Mutare, Harare and other smaller towns.
“On a larger scale, TelOne will continue to rollout its backbone fibre footprint and implement the following routes Bulawayo — Masvingo — Beitbridge, Nyanga — Mutare — Chipinge — Chiredzi and Harare — Nyamapanda,” she said.
Harry said TelOne was set to expand its Internet Protocol (lP) Multimedia-based platform replacing its core switching network countrywide which would enable the company to offer a number of quality IP services to its clients.
“These services will enhance our clients experience and will transform how our clients conduct their business including home entertainment,” Harry said.
She also said TelOne will also be setting up a data centre which would see the company offer web hosting services, server leasing among other benefits and this would come with an advanced customer relations management and billing system.