[ACCI-CAVIE] Demand for telecom services is accelerating in Zimbabwe. State-owned TelOne is investing to improve its capacity to meet this growing demand effectively. The first information obtained by the African Centre for Competitive Intelligence obliges to put this file under monitoring 24/7 for the benefit of organizations that trust the Centre.
TelOne, the Zimbabwean state-owned fixed-line telecommunications operator, inaugurated a new data center in Mazowe, north of the capital Harare, on March 24, 2022. Estimated to cost 4 million USD, the infrastructure brings to four the number of TelOne’s data centers in the country with its 34 racks installed on a surface of 1 300 m². It was built in partnership with local company Tendo Electronics and Power Engineering.
According to Jenfan Muswere, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, this infrastructure strengthens Zimbabwe’s data storage sovereignty. “This is a valuable commodity in the global market and it is stored within our borders for use by our people to bring value to the nation as a whole. Currently, more than 88 percent of international traffic is transferred to the United States and Europe,” he said.
In 2020, the Zimbabwean government announced plans to expand the Mazowe earth station with a new data center to be operated by TelOne in partnership with the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZINGSA). The investment is part of the government’s efforts to strengthen the state-owned company’s presence in the Zimbabwean telecom market, which is currently facing increased growth in demand for connectivity. In February 2021, the company signed an agreement with Eutelsat to bring broadband connectivity to households and businesses located in rural areas of the country.
TelOne’s data center is expected to boost the telecom capabilities of the operator, which is so far the only provider of fixed landline services in the country. The new facility is also expected to combat Zimbabwe’s over-reliance on foreign countries for data storage. “The TelOne data center allows entrepreneurs and businesses to take advantage of the opportunity to produce and distribute local content through local resources, thereby reducing our burden on undersea cables as a landlocked country,” Muswere added.
By Isaac K. Kassouwi