09 March 2021
TelOne Zimbabwe, the state-owned operator, has signed a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat to bring high-quality satellite broadband to the country. The master service agreement will use the service of Eutelsat’s satellite broadband division, Konnect Africa, to bring connectivity to households and businesses in remote and rural locations starting from March.
Eutelsat Konnect is a new-generation High Throughput Satellite (HTS) that provides almost complete coverage of Europe and sub-Saharan Africa with 75-gigabit per second (Gbps) of Ka-band across a network of 65 spot beams.
“By securing this premium capacity and service, we will be able to pursue our mission of offering fast, reliable broadband services at an affordable price to homes, businesses, educational institutions and government departments all over Zimbabwe”, said Chipo Mtasa, managing director of TelOne.
She added that TelOne remains passionate about providing long-lasting and meaningful connections through its services in line with the vision for a digitally-enabled society by 2023. “This will now become a reality for our customers in even the remotest regions”, she said.
There are about 3.3 million internet users in the Jewel of Africa as of July. In January, Eutelsat signed a multi-year agreement with InterSat to provide connectivity service to about 170 post offices in Côte d’Ivoire.