Zimbabwean govt connects 1,300 schools with internet, reaches 200 community centres

Friday 13 October 2017 | 11:29 CET | News

The Zimbabwean government has started connecting 1,300 schools to the internet to improve literacy levels, reports The Herald. Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira said Zimbabwe had registered great success in accessibility of internet services. He said at a forum that the government has installed over 200 Community Information Centres (CICs), 80 of them in 2016 alone, at post offices across the country. 

These CICs serve as contemporary public amenities providing local communities with access to high speed internet, printing and other related services, at sub-commercial and affordable rates. The CICs have brought access to both sexes in Zimbabwe, particularly in rural areas, thereby making progress in bridging the digital divide and ensuring gender equality, in terms of access. 

Mandiwanzira said the groundwork had been completed for a major ICT infrastructure project involving the construction of over 500 units of towers and extension of the national backbone fibre network nationwide. This would result in a large-scale deployment of broadband to every corner of the country. Mandiwanzira said the ICT sector had also partnered the agricultural sector. 

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