The Ministry of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Cyber Security through its parastatal mobile network provider NetOne says it is on a drive to accelerate installation of mobile network base stations across the country to reduce existing network coverage gaps.

A study conducted by POTRAZ last year established that about two million people in the country had no access to basic telecommunication services prompting government to prioritise investments towards mobile network connectivity.

In line with the government’s drive, the Minister of ICT and Cyber Security Cde Supa Mandiwanzira who was guest of honour at a meeting in Chimanimani to launch the establishment of a mobile network base station at Machongwe said the commitment by NetOne to improve mobile network in the remote and mountainous border area was long overdue.

He said frantic efforts are being made to establish base stations in remote areas such as Machongwe to promote mobile communication and data accessibility thereby increasing mobile money transactions under his ministry’s hundred day strategic plan.

Zanu PF provincial chairperson Cde Mike Madiro together with the Machongwe community hailed the commitment to bring network coverage in the area as a life changing development.

Minister Mandiwanzira said his ministry is also prioritising the construction of information centres to improve on information accessibility in all areas in the country.

Meanwhile, a donation of ten laptops to Nyahode Technical College was made awaiting completion of the base station and availability of data network in the next 30 to 40 days.