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35% Zimbabweans not connected to internet

by Staff reporter
01 Nov 2023 at 17:21hrs | Views
Zimbabwe's Internet connectivity remains inaccessible to a significant portion of its population, with at least 35% lacking access due to a combination of technical constraints and foreign currency shortages, as revealed by Leonard Bore, the Chief Risk Officer of Econet.

Bore disclosed these statistics during his address to delegates at the National Cyber Security Strategy Conference, held in Harare. This conference is an integral part of the government's National Security Awareness Month, focusing on discussions related to cyber security.

The event was organized by Potraz in collaboration with Econet.

"In our role, our primary objective is to expand Internet access. What policy adjustments are necessary for us to bring Internet connectivity to areas in the country that are still without it? With 65% connected, it signifies that 35% of our population lacks the ability to connect," Bore stated.

He further emphasized, "The second challenge pertains to technical issues, particularly related to infrastructure. One of the prevailing constraints we've witnessed as a nation is the difficulty in accessing foreign currency to import the required equipment. Currently, all our equipment is imported."

Bore also underscored the importance of conducting more public awareness campaigns to educate citizens about cyber security.

Tatenda Mavetera, the Information Communication Technology Minister, highlighted the widespread impact of cybersecurity issues on the country, stating, "The consequences of cyber threats can be extensive and devastating. Ensuring a safe and secure digital environment is a collective responsibility."

Mavetera assured that the government, despite the challenges, is actively implementing measures to protect the country from cyber threats.

"The Zimbabwean government acknowledges the danger of cyber-attacks and cybercrime. The government has responded promptly through regulatory actions, such as enacting the Cyber and Data Protection Act."

She further revealed that the ministry, in collaboration with Potraz and the International Telecommunications Union, is establishing a national Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) to serve as a central point for incident reporting and responses within the country.

Source - newsday