The Postal Telecommunications and Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) on Friday commissioned a shared Base Station in Dendera, Zhombe.
The base station is one of the infrastructure sharing initiatives driven by the government which is seeing Econet, NetOne and Telecel sharing the same station in providing services to the remote areas and giving the community an opportunity to choose network providers of their choice.
After having travelled a distance to where the Dendera Moran base site is located without any network coverage, the move by the regulatory authority together with its parent ministry to commission the base was very welcomed.
Villagers were in a frenzy as they took part in the consumer awareness roadshow by POTRAZ welcoming their chance at becoming global citizens through internet connectivity.
The Deputy Minister of ICT Jerifan Muswera said the provision of ICT infrastructure is the first step towards community inclusivity.
“The availability of ICT infrastructure in rural communities such as Dendera opens the door for the provision of other services such as e-Agriculture, Telemedicine, e-Learning and e-Government and the increased availability and accessibility of ICT services to all communities results in social inclusion and economic development,” he said.
The Deputy minister applauded Potraz for spearheading development in some of the neglected areas in the country.
“The deployment of ICT infrastructure is a key priority on the nation’s developmental agenda and the realisation of Zimbabwe’s version 2030,” he said.
He promised that government offices and institutions were to be brought to the community under the footmark of mainstream ICT services.
Potraz Director-General Dr Gift Machengete applauded the collaborative work that was involved in the erection of the site indicating that they were following on their important mandates.
“At POTRAZ we are very excited about this development as it is in fulfillment of one of our most important mandates, that of universal access.
“One of such project is the community information centers project where in this province POTRAZ has set up a total of 14 centers where people can use computers to access internet,” said Prof Machengete.
The Authority has been rolling out various programs to ensure the improvement of both ICT access and use. To date, Potraz has set up 14 Community Information Centres, with two of the centres training basic computer skills. This has resulted in 1 925 people having been trained in the Midlands Province.
The two Moran base stations complement the other 644 base stations in the Midlands province.
The regulatory authority went on to donate 12 laptops, five printers and a projector to schools in the area promising to donate more.
NetOne also donated 1 000 exercise books.