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Potraz constructs 32 community information centres (CICs), distributes over 7 000 computers to schools, universities

Dr Gift Machengete

Potraz constructs 32 community information centres (CICs), distributes over 7 000 computers to schools, universities


Mthabisi Tshuma in Mutare

THE Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz) has said it has constructed 32 community information centres (CIC’s) and distributed over 7 000 computers to schools and universities countrywide.

This milestone achievement has been attained in the year 2023.

Most CICs offer banking services, internet access, computer training, research for schools and community as well as money transfer services.

The distribution of computers has seen the establishment of computer laboratories to former marginalised schools mainly in rural areas.

Addressing stakeholders from the ICT sector at the ongoing Potraz annual strategic planning workshop, Potraz director Dr Gift Machengete said the stride is due to ‘such strategic planning engagements.’

“To enhance Internet access and use in rural areas, Potraz continued with its flagship Community Information Centre (CIC) programme which was enhanced during the year with the construction of an additional 32 CICs which are now at various stages of completion. Completion of all 32 CICs will bring to 202, the total number of CICs in the country. This is a huge achievement towards our national quest for universal access and use of ICTs.

“2023 was an extraordinary year on the e-learning front after Potraz rolled out a massive Computer Lab per School Programme. The programme, which is ongoing, has so far seen a staggering 7 860 computers being distributed to a whooping 315 schools and universities. Such life changing interventions are affording pupils in rural areas equal opportunities as those in towns and cities in terms of ICTs,” said Dr Machengete.

He said the telecommunications regulator has also managed to enhance efficient network connectivity countrywide.

“In 2023, we funded the relocation of nine collocated towers around the country to ensure unserved and underserved rural areas receive connectivity and participate fully in the digital economy.

“This brings to 11 the total number of towers relocated to date and this figure is likely to rise to thirteen 13 by year end if Telecel and NetOne complete their outstanding projects which are underway,” said Dr Machengete.

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