Mobile operator Telecel Zimbabwe says it has begun upgrading its mobile data network to improve coverage and allow it to expand its range of products and services. According to a report from local newspaper The Herald, work has already commenced and will see upgrades carried out in Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Chinhoyi, Karoi and Masvingo. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May. Telecel’s communications and branding director, Obert Mandimika, commented: ‘We have responded to the increased popularity and consumption of data services by our customers through a national network upgrade which will markedly improve the quality of data coverage.’ Telecel is the smallest of Zimbabwe’s three mobile operators in subscriber terms; the firm is now 60% state-owned following VimpelCom’s decision last year to exit the country. Rival operators Econet and NetOne have both introduced 4G LTE-based services but Telecel has still to announce when it plans to launch a 4G network.