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FIXED telephone services provider TelOne will soon extend the Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) service to other towns and cities, an official has confirmed.

The ADSL technology, which functions in the same way as broadband, was introduced last year and it allows calls and use of the internet on one line at the same time.

Over the years, TelOne was using the analogue telephone system which was not convenient on internet services compared to modern digital technology.

TelOne acting managing director Hampton Mhlanga said expansion plans were underway.

"Expansion plans to cover towns and cities are underway in trying to utilise 16,000 lines and increase capacity to 38,000 lines," he said.

"Already a total of 8 601 ADSL broadband lines have been activated."

Mhlanga said currently the ADSL broadband network was being supported by two metro ring networks covering Harare and Bulawayo.

"These rings are interlinked via optical fibre which is to also extend services to cities and towns along the Harare- Bulawayo highway," he said.

TelOne has an installed landline capacity of 401,500 lines but presently close to 350,000 lines are working.

The company has failed to connect more people to its landline network due to financial and infrastructure limitations and stiff competition from mobile phone companies.

The government has earmarked TelOne and ten other parastatals for commercialisation and privatisation.


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