BEIJING, -- The Zimbabwe government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinbese technology giant Huawei Technologies for the extension of its national fibre backbone
Huawei, which is implementing the project on behalf of TelOne, Zimbabwe's biggest telecommunication services provider, has almost concluded work on the initial 98 million US dollars network modernization
project which was financed by the China Export-Import Bank. TelOne is the country's sole fixed telephone network provider.
Information, Communication Technology and Cyber Security Minister Supa Mandiwanzira said significant investment was needed in the establishment of a national fibre backbone.
The deal that we have signed is the expansion of the national fibre backbone. The current implementation of a national fibre backbone is being done by TelOne, they are now just concluding the implementation of
a 98 million USD facility that was granted to Zimbabwe by the China Exim Bank but have not touched significant parts of our country so we need additional funding, he told journalists here after a brief signing
ceremony at Huawei's offices in Beijing, China.
About 180 million USD are what we are looking at to expand (the network) over and above the 98 million USD that has been invested.
It is understood that the MoU provides for a scope of work which includes building a national backbone data centre, access network and the core network. The commercial contract will be signed once the relevant process has been done by the two parties, reads part of the document.
Meanwhile, Huawei has donated 300,000 USD to the Presidential Scholarship programme. The donation was announced following a tour of the company by President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is in China on a State visit.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK