Zimbabwe has raised the country’s mobile telecommunication licence fees by 37% to USD137 million from the USD100 million previously paid by operators, All Africa reported. The government also extended the fees tenure from 15 years to 20 years. Zimbabwe’s Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Minister Nicholas Goche announced at a journalists’ briefing in Harare that the increase was an adjustment to the outdated licensing procedure, passed over 15 years ago.
According to the updated pricing model, the operators also have to pay an annual licence fee of 2% of their audited annual gross revenue, while contributing 0.5% of the audited annual gross turnover to the Universal Services Fund. Further, the operators have to pay frequency spectrum allocation fees in accordance with their requirements. Mr Goche stated that payment plans would be agreed upon between the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and mobile operators.