Zimbabwe approves USD250m rural rollout

5 Jun 2017

The government of Zimbabwe has approved the plan first announced in February this year which will see more than 600 wireless base stations deployed to improve connectivity in rural areas. The rollout will be managed by the country’s telecoms regulator, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), with local mobile service providers Econet Wireless, NetOne and Telecel encouraged to use the infrastructure under a new network sharing regime. The USD250 million scheme is being paid for by the country’s Universal Services Fund (USF), with deployments expected to begin later this year.