Zimbabwe’s state-owned fixed line operator TelOne has created a new division to manage its wholesale and network operations as it works towards the implementation of the government’s proposed infrastructure sharing scheme. A report from TechZim says that TelOne is looking to use the new ‘Infrastructure and Wholesale’ entity to pool its network equipment with that of three other players: mobile sister company NetOne, plus internet and CDMA fixed-wireless service providers Africom and Powertel (the latter via parent company ZETDC).
TelOne chairman Charles Shamu says that the new division will ensure that the four operators do not duplicate resources, thereby reducing their network expansion costs, while also giving them access to a wider geographical footprint. The way is also open for the entry of other privately-owned players, which are dominated by Econet Wireless and its subsidiary Liquid Telecom. Shamu says that following an audit of the infrastructure that’s being shared by the four companies, private sector operators will be approached with the intention to pool all evaluated infrastructure and have a separate company where each provider has a shareholding based on their contribution.