Zimbabwe to institute compulsory infrastructure sharing

20 May 2013

Zimbabwe’s government has announced plans to institute compulsory infrastructure sharing among telecommunication providers, in order to remove the duplication in investments, which saw an overinvestment in some areas of the country, resulting in environmental degradation while others have remained neglected. The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Munesu Munodawafa, said the proposed legislation would help reduce costs and eventually lead to lower charges, All Africa reported. According to Munodawafa, the new policy would give government the latitude to influence the direction of the investments and the development of the telecommunications sector, as the current licensing regime does not involve mandatory infrastructure sharing. All Africa also reported that a discussion is currently underway between the ministry and the industry that would encourage players to share certain basic backbone and infrastructure while at the same time allow them to compete on the last mile and actual services provision.

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