Zim service providers urged to reduce costs
- Published on 07 June 2012
The country would ensure that every household has internet access by 2015.
Zimbabwe’s service providers' cost charges should be "reasonable" especially considering the fact that they are exempt from paying duty.
This is according to the country’s information, communication and technology minister, Nelson Chamisa who said ICT was the backbone of any developing nation and ICT companies should not price themselves out of the market while profiteering at the expense of their customers.
"We hear some service providers' charges are very high. They are exempted from paying duty and as such their charges should promote development," Chamisa said.
Chamisa urged telephony providers to seek funding from investors rather than from the public.
He said Zimbabwe has made significant strides in the ICT sector, adding that the use of technology had increased from 13% to 72%.
"The ministry will ensure that by 2015 every household has access to, or be exposed to, the digital world," he explained.
Chamisa said his ministry would also continue with e-Learning programmes country wide.
The programme is aimed at incorporating the installation of e-learning content and the provision of internet connectivity to enhance teaching and learning.