Zimbabwean incumbent mobile operator Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has announced plans to roll out Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the tourist town of Victoria Falls, ahead of the United Nations (UN) World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in Victoria Falls and Livingstone, which is set for 24-29 August 2013, the TechZim reports. According to the article, Econet’s chief of marketing Isaiah Nyangari noted that 4G services will go live in the town in time for the conference in order to provide visiting delegates with high speed broadband connectivity during their stay. If deployed, Econet’s LTE network in Victoria Falls will present the first commercially available 4G network in Zimbabwe.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, companies wishing to offer LTE services do not need a special licence in Zimbabwe, as the only requirement for the deployment of 4G services is the availability of the frequency bands and the payment of relevant spectrum fees. Econet has reportedly been planning an LTE deployment in recent years, and while its rivals Telecel and NetOne have not formally indicated that they are looking to roll out 4G services in the near future, reports have emerged that they have plans to trial LTE in the coming months.