Zimbabwe has a new internet service provider (ISP) and voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony operator in the shape of Aptics. The firm was awarded an Internet Access Provider licence around two years ago and has been busy building out a WiMAX wireless broadband network; at launch Aptics is offering coverage of the whole of capital city Harare, around 70% of second city Bulawayo, plus a presence in Mutare, Gweru, Masvingo and Chitungwiza. According to a report from TechZim, the company is still finalising interconnection agreements with mobile operators and Zimbabwe’s sole fixed line operator, TelOne, but expects to have live and commercial interconnection with most of the major networks in the coming weeks. International connectivity should also be commercial soon. Aptics says it will focus on offering an affordable service to unserved and underserved areas of the residential market, although it will also have products aimed at business users.
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