The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has drafted a new bill aimed at revamping the country’s ageing telecoms legislation, the Post and Telecommunications Act of 2000. TechZim cites the watchdog as saying that the move is driven by a need to bypass ‘regulatory deficiencies which have arisen as a result of drastic changes in the ICT landscape’ in the intervening years.
The proposed amendments include: new classes of licences; changes in the number of POTRAZ board members; a reduction in the number of board meetings held annually; and confirmation of the role of POTRAZ in dispute settlement within the sector. In addition, the proposals will seek to: streamline regulatory processes to enable a rapid response to any technological changes and consumer needs; strengthen regulatory oversight on competition issues; include comprehensive provisions on addressing consumer complaints; facilitate the effective planning, management, and allocation of scarce resources; and repeal obsolete provisions and upgrade organisational references where necessary. Comments on the proposals are being accepted by POTRAZ until 10 April.