Telecel expands 3G network

23 Sep 2016

Telecel, the smallest of Zimbabwe’s three mobile operators in subscriber terms, has announced that it is carrying out an expansion of its 3G network. 44 new sites have already been set up and a further 74 will be added by the end of this year, while other sites are having upgrade work carried out. Telecel’s chief technology and innovation officer, Tendayi Chirokote, is quoted by The Herald as saying that, in total, 337 3G sites are being newly installed or upgraded by end-2016. While Telecel is still concentrating on expanding its 3G infrastructure, rival operators Econet and NetOne are already offering 4G LTE services. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, state-backed Telecel claimed less than 14% of Zimbabwe’s 13 million mobile subscribers at the end of June 2016, and is struggling to retain users while its two rivals continue to grow their respective customer bases.

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