ZESA Holdings, Zimbabwe, through its subordinate Powertel has planned to spend $32 million in a fibre optic backbone network project set to improve the country’s connectivity. The project is set to begin in 2015.
Having competes it surveys, this project will require the deployment of about 1850 kilometers of cable with surveys. ZESA group spokesperson Fullard Gwasira, said the thrust of the project is to improve power monitoring and control of the national power grid at the same time increasing internet capacity being sold across borders.
“This project is going to support network expansion and increase redundancy and enhance quality of service to our consumers. This initiative will increase capacity for growth of the business as well as increasing electricity vending service,” he said.
In addition the spokes person said that the project will be rolled out to support the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim-Asset).
Last month, ZESA group financial controller Eliab Chikwenhere told the visiting British trade mission that the power utility is responsible for the installation of fibre optic cables through Powertel.
On power generation, Chikwenhere said there are investment incentives that have been put in place by Government for companies operating in the power sector. He said projects in the power generation sector are given the special “National Project Status”, which exempts any company from paying taxes on capital equipment and provides Government assistance with visas and work permits for international expert project staff.
Chikwenhere said ZESA has solid experience of working with external consultants and all its current project feasibility studies were conducted by external specialists.
“Project tenders are all advertised through the ZESA website and has worked with both Norton Rose and KPMG for legal and financial support,” he said.