Zimbabwean cellco NetOne is to set up 52 additional base stations, supplied by US vendor Motorola, in Harare to ease network congestion. Some are to be redeployed from the country’s western region following the installation of new state-of-the-art transmitters by Chinese vendor Huawei earlier this year. ‘The Huawei base stations do not co-exist with Motorola base stations. So what we did was to re-deploy the Motorola base stations from our western region to Harare and other areas in our eastern region,’ said Reward Kangai, NetOne’s managing director, adding that network problems in the western region was now a ‘thing of the past’ following the installation of new base stations and a new switch in Bulawayo. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, NetOne had an estimated 375,000 subscribers at the end of March 2007, around 30% of the market.