PORTRAZ's legislative proposals include infrastructure sharing

9 Aug 2012

According to local press reports, details are emerging regarding Zimbabwe’s new licensing regime for mobile operators (previously reported on 30 July). Econect, Net One and Telecel are due to renew their operating concessions next year and the regulator PORTRAZ says that all three will be required to comply with the new laws. Proposed changes include the compulsory sharing of infrastructure. ‘Our position on infrastructure sharing is that it should be done on commercial grounds. At the moment we do not have legislation in place to enforce that but it is one issue which will be fully addressed in the new licensing regime,’ said Charles Sibanda, Director General Engineer for PORTRAZ. The watchdog hopes that infrastructure sharing will reduce network costs for operators and result in lower charges for subscribers.