Aquiva Wireless launches VoIP in Zimbabwe

18 Apr 2012

The Zimbabwean WiMAX operator Aquiva Wireless has launched its first commercial voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services, allowing users to access voice services via a broadband internet connection. The firm has signed an interconnect agreement with mobile operator Econet Wireless, TechZim reports, and is seeking similar agreements with cellular operators Telecel and NetOne, plus fixed line incumbent TelOne. According to TechZim, the Zimbabwe telecoms regulator POTRAZ has approved VoIP tariffs of USD0.06 per minute for on-net calls (calls within the operator’s own network) and USD0.12 per minute for off-net calls; GSM operators NetOne, Econet and Telecel all charge a minimum of USD0.23 per minute.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Aquiva operates under a ‘Class A’ IAP licence (permitting VoIP), and has rolled out a WiMAX wireless broadband network, which covered Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Kwekwe and Gweru by the end of 2011, following the network’s expansion to three additional cities over the preceding few months.

Zimbabwe, Aquiva Wireless