Econet to expand 3G to all major cities, tourist areas

28 Sep 2009

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has revealed that the ongoing network expansion work being carried out by ZTE of China and Sweden’s Ericsson will include the expansion of its 3G network to all major cities and tourist resorts. 3G is currently available in parts of the capital Harare. The two equipment suppliers began installing GSM/W-CDMA equipment in July 2009 under contracts worth a total of around USD200 million, aiming to expand the network capacity of Zimbabwe’s largest cellco from three million subscribers to over five million. Econet set a target of three million active subscribers by the end of the year; at end-March it had 1.2 million and current estimates from local reports put the total in the region of two million.