TelOne is a national fixed line telephone operator, also offering Internet access, data and satellite communication services. Zimbabwe’s state owned telecommunications operator, is suddenly resurfacing with new and amazing projects. TelOne is starting to live up to its motto – Bringing You Together. And what do I mean by this? TelOne will by June this year commission the Beitbridge-Bulawayo Fibre Link as part of its National Fibre Backbone Project.
TelOne is currently the only major Zimbabwean company which has equity in the East African Cable System (EASSy). Through WIOCC, a firm partly owned by a consortium of 14 African telecoms operators. TelOne accesses EASSy and SEACOM via Mozambique (TDM) and South Africa (InfraCo).
Chipo Mutasa is TelOne’s Managing Director, lamented that the national fibre backbone project has leveraged the company as it enables them to offer unparalleled services to their clients.
“We are about to commission the Beitbridge to Bulawayo link which is part of our backbone fibre project.”
In December 2015, Zimbabwe government signed an agreement with China Exim bank about 98.6 million USD loan. The loan was for fibre optic network expansion and modernization by the state company TelOne.
TelOne has drawn down $33 million from the China Exim Bank’s $98 million facility. As it moves to introduce more services to counter the decreasing voice revenue.
About a fortnight ago, TelOne launched a $4million TelOne Data Centre which is a sub-project of the National Broadband (NBB) Project under the $98 million China Exim Bank facility. TelOne is in the process of transforming its business model from a fixed landline provider to a broadband-based business. The transformation will see TelOne becoming a fixed mobile converged company with emphasis on broadband, cloud and digital services.
Government institutions, parastatals, Industry players like banks and other big data corporations are some of the entities who can enjoy the services offered at the TelOne Data Centre. Services that include co-location, disaster recovery, back-up and storage, bandwidth rental and a diversity of cloud services.
Individuals and small to medium enterprises will also enjoy the variability of services which include web hosting and rack space rental.
TelOne recent re-branding, as they move from a traditional fixed operator to a converged operator is proving to be a success. “Bringing You Together.”