Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) has become the first Telco to be awarded a license in 10 years to be granted an operating licence by the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).

DFA describes itself as an Open-access fibre-connectivity provider. The company finances, build, installs, manages, and maintains a fibre network to transmit metro and long-haul telecommunications traffic. It started rolling out its fibre network in South Africa in 2007, and to date it as deployed over 14,000 km of ducting infrastructure in major South African metros, secondary cities, and smaller towns.

From the beginning, we have favoured a measured approach in our expansion to nations outside of South Africa. We believe in the potential of Zimbabwe’s telecommunications industry, and therefore, we have identified it as a good place to invest in. The awarding of the licence further builds our confidence in this particular market, DFA Group CEO, Thinus Mulder.

Commenting on the newly granted license, Chief Executive Officer of DFA Zimbabwe, Mr. Simon Chimutsotso, expressed excitement about the premium open-access services DFA Zimbabwe is ready to offer to the market. We look forward to partnering with our targeted customer base to enhance their efficiency and competitiveness. By fulfilling their physical fibre-network-infrastructure requirements and taking on the maintenance responsibilities, we enable them to focus on their core business of providing excellent value-added telecommunication services to their customers.

Chimutsotso added that DFA Zimbabwe had used the licensing period to deploy more resources towards understanding the market needs, building internal capabilities, and improving its business model to further enhance customers’ experience.

“We are ready to fulfil our promise to the ICT sector and help bring about new, innovative offerings to the market.”

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