Regulator to develop National Broadband Plan

18 Dec 2014

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has revealed that it is to begin working on a new National Broadband Plan in 2015 in an effort to boost the country’s high speed internet sector, as well as the wider economy. The regulator says it will produce a draft plan after studying the development of internet markets around the world, before giving local telcos and internet service providers (ISPs) an opportunity to comment on its proposals. The final plan will then go to parliament for approval. Acting director general of POTRAZ Baxton Sirewu told local news portal Techzim that the aim of the project is to promote the development of the internet sector through improved network coverage and increased customer take-up. He added that broadband services play a ‘vital role’ in underpinning the national economy. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Zimbabwe was home to just 48,500 fixed broadband subscribers at the end of September 2014, equivalent to a household penetration rate of just 1.5%, a full three percentage points below the regional average.