The regional workshop was attended by regional telecommunications stakeholders from TelOne in
"Closing the digital divide means we need more affordable technology, which means we need to keep the costs of development and manufacturing as low as possible," Minister Shamu said.
He said Government has invested in national internet backbone through TelOne, which brings low-cost and high-speed internet to ordinary Zimbabweans and other telecommunication operators while duty on all ICT gadgets was waived to make them affordable.
Minister Shamu noted that in today's challenging economic climate, broadband was more essential than ever in stimulating economic recovery, growth development and creating jobs. The sentiments were echoed by TelOne managing director Mrs
"The Internet is the 'digital oxygen' that is boosting economic growth in most countries. A 10 percent extra penetration in broadband means 1 percent to 1,5 percent more GDP growth," she said.
She said businesses and the economy should have access to broadband solutions at a time many people in the region are without this basic right; in particular in the rural areas.
Minister Shamu said deployment of broadband infrastructure therefore carries important public benefits for the global good, including accelerating progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the
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