Zimbabwe’s second largest cellco by subscribers, state-owned NetOne, says it is on course to meet its target of installing 2,300 base stations by the end of this year as it completes the second phase of its network rollout programme. NewsDay writes that the operator will have capacity for 6.5 million users on its infrastructure by end-2016. The firm says phase one of the rollout saw it invest USD45 million between 2010 and 2013, while under the second stage from 2014 to end-2016 it will have spent USD218 million to expand its base station numbers from 400 to 2,300.
As reported by CommsUpdate last month, NetOne is looking to spend USD485 million over the next few years as it launches the third phase of its mobile network expansion at the start of 2017. NetOne says the latest stage of its rollout will see it install 3,000 new base stations to improve 4G LTE coverage and give it sufficient capacity to handle ten million customers. NetOne claimed around one-third of Zimbabwe’s 13 million mobile users at the end of March 2016.