POTRAZ consults on network sharing

4 Dec 2014

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) is advocating network sharing between operators to promote the spread of telecoms networks. The watchdog says infrastructure sharing on an open access model could save operators up to 60% of their capital expenditure, freeing up funds to push towards universal broadband access and more affordable communications services. POTRAZ has published a consultation paper on the use of shared networks, in which it says: ‘Infrastructure sharing provides opportunities for significant reduction in investments or capital expenditure,’ adding that: ‘passive infrastructure sharing can potentially yield overall cost savings as much as between 15% and 30%, with clear cost savings on yearly site capital expenditure of up to 60% [notably due to less investment duplications]’. Zimbabwe is home to three cellular network operators – Econet Wireless, Telecel and state-owned NetOne – while the fixed market is monopolised by NetOne’s sister company TelOne.