Zim to host regional ICT conference

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ZIMBABWE will from today host 11 regional countries for the third Southern Africa Regional Broadband, Next Generations’ Networks and New Technologies conference.

RICHARD MUPONDE
SENIOR REPORTER

This year’s gathering will aim at finding ways of developing economies through the use of new technologies.

TelOne managing director Chipo Mtasa said the conference is being hosted by her company in conjunction with the Southern Africa Telecommunications Association (Sata).

Mtasa said the conference was being held in recognition of the need to adopt the info-communications convergence to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

“The objectives of the Southern Africa Workshop on Regional Broadband, Next Generation Networks and New Technologies is to provide a platform for dialogues among policymakers, regulators, industry and international and regional development agencies, particularly in broadband infrastructure service and application development,” Mtasa said.

“To understand the most current situations, circumstances, issues, opportunities and challenges, particularly in broadband development in each of the Sadc member States and strengthen and enhance partnerships with all stakeholders in implementing projects and initiatives in the Sadc region.”

Sata is an organisation that facilitates regional co-operation among Sadc member States as envisaged in the Sadc Treaty and the Sadc Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology.

Countries participating in the conference are Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Tanzania, South Africa, Mauritius, Angola, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.