Econet to launch 3G in early 2007

18 Sep 2006

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator Econet Wireless is planning to launch 3G services in the first quarter of next year, according to its chief executive officer Douglas Mboweni, who reported on Friday that the company had ordered UMTS equipment for an initial 50,000 lines from Swedish manufacturer Ericsson. Mr Mboweni said that the W-CDMA lines are in addition to 300,000 GSM connections that Econet will start releasing to customers from next month under a USD20 million expansion programme to increase network capacity from 500,000 to 800,000 by the end of the year. He added that 3G services will be launched initially in the capital Harare, and subsequent rollouts will be restricted to major urban centres due to the high cost of rollout.