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Huawei partners NetOne to improve the quality of network coverage

Huawei Technologies Co.

Huawei has partnered NetOne to ensure the improvement of existing information communication technologies (ICTs) to enable Zimbabweans to experience better network services.

The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Companies are playing an increasingly important role in national economic and social development in terms of ICT development. The Government of Zimbabwe is committed to providing access to the Internet, from the civil society to the government, rural and urban schools in different communities.

In addition, the government will focus on developing ICT experts, software engineers to develop the ICT in Zimbabwe. All departments and agencies, especially the Office of the President and the Ministry of Finance, are also in support and are hoping that Zimbabwe will become a digital national and regional ICT center as soon as possible.

With the development of Zimbabwe in recent years, a large number of overseas companies and ordinary residents have increased demand for telecommunications services, especially Internet access and mobile data services. They hope to realize the faster speed in telecommunications networks.

The existing communications facilities are difficult to meet these requirements, and there are great problems between communications service capabilities and service requirements.

Mobile broadband services will become a new driving force for the development of Zimbabwe’s communications industry due to low cost and fast installation.

The government attaches great importance to NetOne’s investment in mobile networks and communications infrastructure. This ensures communication security and improve the general service level of telecoms.

During the implementation of the NetOne Phase II project, the network planning covers remote mountainous areas. In some remote areas, only NetOne provides services that achieve good social benefits and public recognition. In total, the project created more than 1,500 jobs and provided a wide range of training content relevant to the ICT industry.

The NETONE Phase III project, which will soon be implemented within two years, is an important strategic project to improve the quality of communications in Zimbabwe. This project is a strategic cooperation project between China and Zimbabwe. Huawei, one of the best telecommunications companies, will be responsible for the delivery of this project.

This year, Huawei will continue to hold “The Future Seed” and ICT competition. The aim of these activities is to train local ICT talents in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe was one of two African countries that China donated the covid-19 vaccine to. This shows the good cooperation and friendship between these two countries. Besides, The Chinese government has always given strong support to Zimbabwe’s communications infrastructure construction. In addition to providing financial assistance, the Chinese government has actively encouraged outstanding Chinese ICT enterprises to develop in Zimbabwe. By participating in the construction of communications and national informatization projects, the Chinese government has also cultivated relevant professionals for Zimbabwe to achieve good cooperation.

With the strong support of the two parties, The mobile broadband (MBB) Phase 111 project will be delivered efficiently and will become a benchmark for further cooperation between the two parties in related fields.

The coverage and quality of the network greatly improved by NetOne will enable Zimbabweans to experience better network services. And there are many direct or indirect benefits such as:

  •  Expanding employment and attracting investment

A certain number of local technical and engineering people will be employed during the construction and maintenance phases of the project. The implementation of the local subcontracting works will help to improve local employment and provide more jobs. At the same time, the wide application of the network will also promote the exchange and cultivation of talents, improve the employment ability and level.

② Drive the development of related industries

The successful implementation of this project will also drive the development of related industries, improve Zimbabwe’s informatization and modernization, and provide an efficient and convenient service platform for investors. The mobile broadband network has powerful throughput and data processing capabilities and can quickly provide real-time call and data services for enterprises, public sectors, and individual users. Zimbabweans will benefit from the broadband experience brought by the new network.

③ Improving the investment climate

This project is conducive to improving the investment environment, accelerating the construction of soft power in Zimbabwe, providing better office platforms and information channels for foreign businessmen, improving the security of the existing financial system, and promoting the achievement of the government’s economic and social development goals.

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Byron Adonis Mutingwende