POTRAZ grants LTE-suitable spectrum to cellcos

14 Apr 2014

Nicholas Muzhuzha, manager for networks and standards at Zimbabwean telecom regulator, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), has revealed that the watchdog has allocated Long Term Evolution (LTE)-suitable spectrum to telecom companies willing to provide 4G services, local newspaper Bulawayo24 reports. The development has also been confirmed by NetOne managing director Reward Kangai, who noted: ‘Spectrum has been allocated. NetOne is implementing LTE in a broader way, as we want to implement LTE across the whole country.’ Kangai added that the passive infrastructure for the deployment of its LTE network has already been constructed.

TeleGeography notes that 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 the relevant spectrum fees. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Zimbabwe’s largest cellco in terms of subscribers Econet Wireless launched the first commercial 4G LTE network in the country in August 2013, ahead of the United Nations (UN) World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in Victoria Falls and Livingstone. The 4G network is currently available in selected areas in the capital Harare, Bulawayo and the tourist town of Victoria Falls. Econet’s 4G network provides theoretical download speeds of up to 65Mbps.