Econet gets 2.5G, 3G approval

25 Jul 2008

Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald writes that the country’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers Econet Wireless has received long-awaited approval from regulatory authorities to launch commercial 2.5G and 3G services. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database notes that the cellco rolled out a 900MHz/1800MHz GPRS platform in the middle of 2007 but failed to announce a full commercial launch, whilst it was also ready to roll out a W-CDMA network by the end of the year. Econet’s chief business development officer Elvis Gwanzura confirmed that GPRS had been installed for a year but had been awaiting approval from regulator POTRAZ for the usage of frequencies. Gwanzura said that Econet will now launch commercial GPRS services within the next four to eight weeks, whilst 3G could be introduced in the first quarter of next year.