PowerTel Communications (Pvt) ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of ZESA Holdings, it a licensed with a Class A Internet Access Provider license for operation in Zimbabwe. Powertel has over 3000 kilometres of optical fibre cable in operation countrywide, having an equipped backbone capacity of STM 64. PowerTel also has a Broadband Wireless network covering major parts of the country offering 3G services to mobile internet users.
Powertel is the FIRST Company to offer state of the art Fibre Optic SDH Transmission System (STM16) Harare Plumtree route. The fibre has been extended into Botswana to interconnect with Bofinet of Botswana. PowerTel has also installed a fibre cable link from Harare to Mutare and into Mozambique through Seacom to the undersea extraterrestrial fibre cable linking Zimbabwe to the rest of the world.This provides an essential backup in terms of internet connectivity to ensure that the customer is never down.
PowerTel’s fibre is installed on high voltage pylons. This ensures high security and makes the cable less susceptible to vandalism, thus providing higher network availability and reliable support to customer business operations. The optical ground wire (OPGW) as it is universally known is not only environmentally friendly, but safe from vandalism, hence the high reliability that prevails in the PowerTel network.