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Zimbabwe Speeds Up Internet Connectivity Ahead of UN Indaba

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Thomas Chiripasi
Government is stepping up efforts to improve internet connectivity in Zimbabwe ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) general assembly set for Victoria Falls next year.

But Information Minister Nelson Chamisa told reporters at a press conference Tuesday that more needs to be done to allow easy web access for visitors during the UNWTO general assembly to be held in August.
 
Government is currently working on scaling up the installation of the optic fiber link between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls.
 
The minister said his department is working tirelessly to improve the country's bandwidth because there has been an increase in traffic on the internet in the country.
 
“The completion of the installation of the optic fibre link between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls as well as other areas will eventually benefit rural Zimbabweans who will enjoy high and speedy internet connectivity, “said Chamisa,

He stressed the government is currently prioritizing the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls line.
 
Ahead of the UNWTO conference, the minister said his department is also engaging the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) to ensure that internet tariffs are reduced.
 
Zimbabwe is one of the most expensive countries in the world to go online.
Report By Thomas Chiripasi
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