Internet firm looks to launch 4G network in Zimbabwe

Aquiva Wireless has made public plans to roll out a 4G network in Zimbabwe, making interconnectivity in the country on a par with the latest technology.

The company is confident the demand for data will outweigh the demand for voice services as witnessed in many countries in Africa, hence the need to produce a quality and efficient Long Term Evolution (LTE) service.

The company is also planning to invest more than US$80 million in establishing a nationwide presence in the next three years.

“As soon as the infrastructure limitations have been overcome, Aquiva will be ready to bring LTE services to its customers,” the chief executive, Brian Maphosa, said in an interview.

Maphosa is confident such robust internet connectivity could help the country to face various challenges.

“There are opportunities in every sector, but we have barely scratched the surface with e-commerce, let alone e-tourism, e-banking, e-health, e-education and e- everything else!

“If you look at the statistics Zimbabwe is one of the top 10 countries in Africa in terms of data penetration, but only a small percentage of the population is using the internet at the moment.”

Zimbabwe had 1,981,277 Internet users as per June 30, 2012, which represents 15.7 per cent internet penetration.

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