STATE-OWNED telecoms company TelOne says it has invested over $2 million to expand its asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) footprint in the country.
ADSL is a communications technology that enables faster data transmission over copper telephone lines than a conventional voice-band modem can provide.
TelOne public relations officer Rosemary Sande told Southern Eye Business that the expansion was targeted at both existing and prospective customers.
Traditionally, the company is known for fixed-line telephone service provision, but in recent years has been facing viability challenges on the backdrop of a mobile technology boom.
However, it has since diversified into Internet-based services.
“Data is the future and every Zimbabwean must have access to affordable, fast and reliable Internet, hence the efforts by TelOne to expand its ADSL coverage,” Sande said.
Last year TelOne introduced a promotion for ADSL, which closed on January 31 2015, whereby customers would buy a data package and have the service installed.
Sande said the promotion saw a significant increase in the uptake of ADSL broadband and surpassed targets.
“Our valued clients will be pleased to know that we have expanded our ADSL coverage to include the following areas in Bulawayo, Waterford, Imbizo Barracks, Woodville, Manningdale, Mabutweni and Killarney,” she added.
Nationwide, Sande said the service was now available as far as Inyanga, Chipinge, Mt Darwin, Hwange and Gwanda, among many other places.
“Plans are underway to increase and expand ADSL coverage to Esigodini, Filabusi, Banket, Triangle, Chiredzi and Murambinda,” she said.
TelOne recently said it increased speeds on every ADSL package where bronze, silver, gold and platinum are now one, two, three and four megabites per second, respectively.
“Over and above this, TelOne is offering broadband through fibre to the home and fibre to the office as well as a low cost satellite solution, the Ka Band,” Sande said.
She explained that Internet was now a global, phenomenal and basic right as it had revolutionised the way people socialised,
did business and acquired education.
“The talk is now on Internet developments around e-commerce, e–learning, e-tourism and e–health; the list is endless,” she added.
Sande said TelOne’s vision was to connect everyone, everywhere in Zimbabwe by 2020.