Zimbabwe’s third largest cellco Telecel Zimbabwe says it has nearly finished a USD4 million expansion project to activate 70,000 new GSM connections by March. Finance director Edward Mutsvairo told newspaper Standard Business: ‘The project is almost complete and 70,000 lines will be available in the next six weeks.’ Mutsvairo said the expansion, which commenced last year, is the first phase in a USD10 million programme launched in the first half of 2005. Chinese firm Huawei Technologies is acting as the main equipment supplier, as it has done for Telecel’s rival NetOne. The programme aims to increase Telecel’s subscriber base to 500,000 by the end of 2006. The company had a subscriber base of 129,809 at the end of September 2005.