Econet to launch pre-paid roaming by year-end

28 Oct 2009

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s largest mobile operator, says it has been working for more than six months to implement pre-paid international roaming, and expects to introduce roaming services for its Buddie and Libertie pre-paid users by the end of this year, reports AllAfrica. Company CEO Douglas Mboweni confirmed that the work was now at an advanced stage following ‘heavy’ investment, and that testing would begin in early December, adding that roaming capability was expected to have a huge positive impact on the pre-paid business. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database Econet’s customer base is approximately 97% pre-paid; back in March 2008 the figure was 91%, but post-paid services were temporarily suspended later that year at the height of the country’s economic collapse, and since relaunching its services over a newly expanded network this year, the demand has been overwhelmingly for pre-paid lines.