Murambinda Community Network together with the ministry of ICT hosted an inaugural National Community Networks Conference in Murambinda. Internet Society Zimbabwe Chapter graced the occasion to support he training of participants on community networks. The lead organizer and the chief trainer, Eng. Joseph Bishi, took the the participants through what it takes and how to build a community network. Participants were taught how to configure access points, Terminate cables, management of community networks, Solar power installation amongst a lot of other skills that were impacted to them. The first two days was composed of the technical training. This meant that the trained participants will be the ones training in their provinces in Zimbabwe. The ministry of ICT has promised support in setting up these in all provinces with the model used in Murambinda being used as the model for the upcoming networks. It is the Chapter’s aim to connect the unconnected and this is a big milestone as this helps in covering the last mile that is normally ignored by the major service providers. The next meeting will be on checking the physibility studies from the participants to see how far they would have gone with the implementation.
The permanent secretary in the ministry of ICT echoed that internet connectivity in all areas was their focus as it is going to enhance the economic growth and development drive. Chapter members are advised to join community networks from their provinces and get the support from the Ministry, Potraz, ISOC and other players in the industry.