Zimbabwe moves a step closer to network sharing

9 Nov 2016

The government of Zimbabwe has gazetted new regulations to enforce network sharing for telecoms operators. Industry regulator the Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) now has the power to compel operators to share their infrastructure in a move which the government hopes will cut capital expenditure by up to 60%, with savings being passed on to the consumer. POTRAZ will now carry out an audit to determine shareable infrastructure. Mobile market leader Econet Wireless has been against the move, saying it has invested USD1.2 billion on its network rollouts over the past five years and it must now open up its infrastructure to state-backed rivals NetOne and Telecel.

Zimbabwe, Postal & Telecoms Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ)