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Shamu: Govt Committed to Improving Broadband Services

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'Broadband services are important in creating jobs and trade opportunities'

Information and Technology Minister Webster Shamu says the government is committed to improving broadband services in the country to boost economic and social development.

Mr. Shamu was speaking at the official opening of the 3rd Southern Africa Regional Broadband Next Generation Networks and New Technologies Workshop in Victoria Falls.

He said broadband services, which are also part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the International Telecommunications Union’s Connect Africa Goals, are important in creating jobs and trade opportunities.

Speaking at the same meeting, the group’s executive secretary Jacob Munodawafa told the meeting that broadband has made it easier to address e-government, e-health and climate change among other issues.

For perspective on this issue, VOA Studio 7 turned to Bulisani Ncube, an economist and former manager of the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce in Matabeleland region.

Mr. Ncube said Zimbabwe has made considerable efforts in implementing technological programmes.

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The three-day workshop was organized by the Southern African Telecommunications Association and brought together telecommunication experts from the region.

It was aimed at sharing knowledge and experience in broadband migration from 3G to 4G technology.