NetOne claims to be the 'wide boy' of Zim market

18 Nov 2010

Zimbabwean cellco NetOne, the smallest operator in a market of three, has announced that it has deployed at least 106 new base stations so far in 2010, to expand what it claims is already ‘the widest coverage’ in the country. In recent months NetOne has added base stations across all ten provinces of Zimbabwe, whilst its year-to-date total includes 40 cell sites in Harare, 13 in Bulawayo, six in Matebeleland North, two in Matebeleland South, 14 in the Midlands province, ten in Manicaland province, five in Masvingo province, six in Mashonaland East province, four in Mashonaland Central and eight in Mashonaland West province. NetOne managing director Reward Kangai also disclosed that the operator had ‘recently completed the replacement of its old legacy Harare Mobile Switching Centre (MSC) with an Internet Protocol (IP) based Mobile Soft Switching Centre (MSSC) to bolster the network quality, increase [its] subscriber base and also prepare for the launch of new services that are IP driven.’ The company previously completed similar upgrades on its other MSC, situated in Bulawayo. He added that the state-owned cellco has also struck a partnership with Zimpost for nationwide distribution of airtime top-ups and SIM cards.

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