Econet cable plans cause confusion

22 Feb 2012

Communications ministers in Zimbabwe are heading for a clash over plans by Econet Wireless to deploy a fibre-optic cable to Mozambique to link with international undersea cable systems which land there. Transport and Communication Minister Nicholas Goche is blocking Econet’s plans, on the basis that state-owned operator TelOne has already deployed a cable to Mozambique, and that government policy does not permit competition on the provision of [fixed] infrastructure, only on the provision of services. Meanwhile, Information Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Nelson Chamisa is keen to see the Econet cable given the green light, and disagrees with Goche’s interpretation of state policy, arguing instead that policies are aimed at speeding up the deployment of additional international links. Chamisa indicated that he and Goche were yet to discuss the matter.