Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile operator NetOne is preparing to activate at least 100,000 new GSM connections, aiming to increase its subscriber base to around 340,000 from its current 240,000. Rival Econet Wireless currently claims to have around 500,000 users. NetOne’s managing director Reward Kangai said the lines would be on the market next month when NetOne is expecting a delivery of 50,000 SIM cards, on top of an initial batch of 50,000 already manufactured. Mr Kangai said that the company has channeled USD475,000 into the expansion drive. In addition, he said efforts to reduce network congestion would continue, including the ongoing installation of stand-by generators throughout the country to minimise problems associated with load-shedding. The cellco, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, is also installing a second mobile switching centre in Bulawayo that is expected to raise capacity by a further 60,000 lines and improve the quality of service for pre-paid users of its Easycall brand.