Zim commemorates World Telecommunications Day

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT has registered huge strides in the adoption and use of Information Communication Technology which has seen mobile penetration rate hitting 90.6 percent this year from 50.4 percent in 2010.
In a World Telecommunication and Information Society Day statement, Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Jenfan Muswere said great strides have been registered.
“The role of ICTs is very important as evidenced by the growth in the penetration rates over the past decade, whereby the mobile penetration rate increased from 50.4% in 2010, o 90.6% in 2020; the internet penetration rate has also grown exponentially from just 11% in 2010 to the current internet penetration rate of 60.6%,” he said.
The world telecommunications and information society day, whose theme is “Connect 2030: ICT for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
The day is commemorated at a time when the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to the closure of some businesses and loss of lives.
“In these trying times, many lives have been lost, businesses disrupted with all kinds of social restrictions being imposed. it would be remiss of the global community if the role of ICTs in the ongoing fight against COVID-19 were to go without due acknowledgement and recognition. With ICTs, we have seen business continuity in particular, for the services sector, where physical presence is not necessary such as banking and commerce and even education, which have gone online. we are vesting our confidence in the power of ICTs as part of our arsenal to win the war against the pandemic,” he said.
Dr Muswere said there is need to reflect on how we have lined up our resources, in particular ICTs, in the enablement, assembly and mechanisms for the achievement of SDGs.
“To this end, we have registered significant progress in terms of access to ICTs as evidenced by the extent of network population coverage, by 2g, 3g and LTE networks currently standing at 93.4 %, 83.9% and 35% respectively.
Indeed, ICTs are the magic wand that will help nations address and contain the spread of the virus. our contribution to fighting the pandemic has seen us mobilising operators in the setting up of a call centre and providing a toll-free number 2019 for any COVID-19 related emergencies,” he said.

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