Econet begins USD200m network deployment

2 Jul 2009

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has begun deploying mobile network equipment worth USD200 million through contracts with Ericsson of Sweden and China’s ZTE, reports The Zimbabwe Guardian. Base station and core network equipment is scheduled to be installed between July and December, with expansion and upgrades in northern parts of the country being carried out by Ericsson and southern regions the responsibility of ZTE, and the rollout cost split approximately 50/50 between the two vendors. Econet said that the infrastructure consignment represents only 15% of its planned rollout to take its GSM network capacity to five million users by the end of 2010. Econet also reported that it is currently selling more than 30,000 new pre-paid ‘Buddie’ lines per week, whilst post-paid contracts are freely available on demand.