Zimbabwe could get fourth mobile operator

11 Jun 2015

A group of telecoms entrepreneurs is looking to set up the fourth national mobile network in Zimbabwe, using 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. According to a report from local news portal TechZim, the group includes Dr Shingi Munyeza (the former CEO of African Sun) and Francis Mawindi (the former CEO of Telecel Zimbabwe), and it is hoping to acquire spectrum and deploy a network which will enable it to provide not just wireless voice and data services, but also pay-TV access. The venture has not yet settled on a name for the prospective market entrant. Zimbabwe’s mobile segment is currently home to three players: market leader Econet Wireless, state-owned NetOne and Telecel, which has been beset by problems relating to its foreign ownership and its licence payments.