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At least 80 percent of Zimbabweans should have access to broadband Internet by the year 2020, says Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira.

Of the more than 300 million Internet users in Africa, Zimbabwe is contributing 2.0 per cent while Nigeria, with a population of more than 100 million, is the highest at 28 per cent.

Speaking at the launch of the website for the Zimbabwe Diabetes Association (ZDA) here Tuesday, Mandiwanzira said the mobile telephone penetration rate in Zimbabwe stood at 105 per cent.

"We have not done bad as a country in terms of mobile penetration. The majority of Zimbabweans now have access to the internet through their mobile phones," he said.

"We are sitting at more than 105 percent mobile penetration which means we have more phones than we have people in our country.

"Active penetration, SIM cards or phones that are actually being used on a daily basis are sitting at 95 per cent. That means the majority of Zimbabweans have access to mobile phones and telecommunication."

Mandiwanzira urged the ZDA to utilize Community Information Centres that the government set up in provinces across the country to take information to the communities about diabetes.

It is estimated that about 10 per cent of the population in Zimbabwe lives with diabetes with half the number not aware of it.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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