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Zimbabwe's Telecel Starts Laying Own Fibre Backhaul Network

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Zimbabwe's Telecel has started deploying its own fibre cable to increase the capacity of its backhaul network.

The company said that the project is aimed at improving data speeds and connectivity to cope with increased consumer demand and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Telecel Zimbabwe's transmission manager Alice Chikumbo said the company has already deployed fibre cable linking Harare and Gweru in the first phase of its fibre deployment project.

Chikumbo said the fibre project in Harare and Gweru which links the two cities and all the towns in-between will also include an upgrade of the metro-fibre network which will improve capacity and speeds for the current 3G network in and around the two cities. The project, in the long run, will also include other urban areas and cities over the next few months.

"The fibre project is about laying our own optical fibre to link major centres to improve the experience of our customers when they are using our data services. Already Telecel has linked Gweru and Harare together with the backbone sites along the way and under the next phase we expect to cover other cities and urban areas like Bulawayo," Chikumbo said.

Chikumbo said that previously, Telecel has been using fibre from other service providers with its own microwave radio links as backup and the company is now laying its own optical fibre cable to complement its use of shared fibre infrastructure.

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