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Press Release
4 May 2020

DFA granted license to operate in Zimbabwe

Outline of Harare, Zimbabwe, with Zimbabwean flag overlay

HARARE, Zimbabwe – 1 May 2020 – Open-access fibre-connectivity provider DFA has become the first telecommunications provider in 10 years to be granted an operating licence by the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).

The awarding of the Internet Access Provider Class B licence follows a successful launch and proof of concept phase for DFA’s Zimbabwe operations. The licence paves the way for fully fledged operations in the country and will allow DFA to build a nationwide network for the provision of licensed telecommunications services.

DFA Group CEO, Thinus Mulder, said he was pleased at DFA Zimbabwe’s progress. 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, he said.

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, said Chimutsotso.

We would like to thank our shareholders, POTRAZ, the Ministry of ICT, the Government of Zimbabwe, and all our key stakeholders for the unwavering support as we sought to realise our vision for Zimbabwe. It has been a long journey and we are excited about the new opportunities that lie ahead.

DFA is the premier wholesale, open-access fibre-infrastructure and -connectivity provider in South Africa. We finance, build, install, manage, and maintain a world-class fibre network to transmit metro and long-haul telecommunications traffic. We started rolling out our fibre network in 2007, and to date, we have deployed over 13,000 km of ducting infrastructure in major metros, secondary cities, and smaller towns. Our network runs with an industry-leading uptime of 99.98%. We lease our secure transmission and backbone fibre infrastructure and provide associated connectivity services to telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, media conglomerates, tertiary education institutions, municipalities, government organizations, and other businesses, large and small, on equal terms. DFA is a Level 3 B-BBEE Contributor on the ICT Sector Codes.

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