Through Telerix Communications (Private) Limited, Masawara holds an effective 50% shareholding in Dandemutande Investments (Private) Limited ("Dandemutande"). Dandemutande holds an Internet Access Provider (“IAP”) Class A telecommunications licence that it was awarded by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (“POTRAZ”) in 2009. The license allows the company to construct, operate, develop, extend, and maintain a public data and internet access network, and to offer Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) services.
Following the investment by Masawara in January 2011, the company began development of fixed, nomadic and ultimately fully mobile broadband services via fibre and WiMAX network architecture. The state of the art infrastructure was procured from leading global players, CISCO Systems Inc. and Alvarion Limited. Simultaneously, Dandemutande connected to the SEACOM undersea cable, and entered a 20 year capacity purchase agreement with SEACOM to provide affordable wholesale bandwidth solutions to the Zimbabwean market.
In conjunction with the development of the mobile WiMAX Network, Dandemutande built a state of the art Network Operating Centre with a next generation network core using the best Multi-protocol Layer System (“MPLS”) technology from CISCO, EMC 2 and APC. The new Data Centre is built to such high specification that it has become Zimbabwe’s first “cloud” based computing centre.
Additional information on Dandemutande and its operating subsidiaries can be found at http://www.dandemutande.co.zw.