Internet charges 'soon to come down'

5 Jul 2011

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) says a recent surge in competition should see internet bandwidth costs dramatically falling, reports AllAfrica quoting StandardBusiness. The regulator’s deputy director general Alfred Marisa said that charges were still prohibitive but added that costs have already started to come down following a series of international connectivity launches in the country. PowerTel was the first company to provide access to undersea cable routes through Botswana and has recently established another link, to the Seacom cable, through Mozambique. Marisa said due to competitive services introduced by Ecoweb, a subsidiary of cellular market leader Econet Wireless, and sourcing of cheaper bandwidth from Seacom, Powertel had so far reduced its bandwidth charges on two occasions. With the national PSTN operator, TelOne, also recently connecting its terrestrial fibre network to the undersea cable network, the official said that the further ramping up of competition was expected to drive bandwidth fees down further.