Zimbabwe introduces internet access technology

UPDATED: 14:02, June 23, 2007

Internet service provider Zimbabwe Online (ZOL)has introduced Internet access technology dubbed Wi-Fi and is set to change the face of surfing in Zimbabwe.

ZOL, in conjunction with various coffee shops and hotels that have been labelled ZOLspots, is now offering services through which customers can access the Internet using laptops and hand- held devices (cellphones) while enjoying a meal.

Wi-Fi stands for "wireless fidelity", referring to the global standard for local area networks using radio signals over very short distances.

ZOL chief operating officer Caroline Mugwanyo said Wi-Fi has generated a lot of excitement since its introduction. "We introduced Wi-Fi in the country two months ago. Initially, the response was slow but now it is overwhelming. We have a large number of establishments requesting to become partners," she said.

ZOL applauded Wi-Fi's high processing speeds as faster than normal dial-up connections.

ZOL account executive Harry Harrison revealed that Wi-Fi was also available to individuals intending to install it in their homes or offices.

Source: Xinhua

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