by MARCUS MUSHONGA
HARARE – MOBILE network providers that embrace calls by authorities for sharing of infrastructure are set to reap the benefits of vast opportunities in Zimbabwe’s telecommunications sector.
This is according to technology executive, Never Ncube, who encouraged the operators to heed the call by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).
Zimbabwe boasts three mobile network operators comprising Econet Wireless (market leader), NetOne and Telecel Zimbabwe. The fourth is fixed telephone provider, TelOne.
A major thrust of POTRAZ has been the sharing of infrastructure among licensed providers in order to enhance the fibre footprint in Zimbabwe.
“Providers that embrace this strategy and take further steps to deploy their own fibre are far more likely to enjoy a greater share in what will be a growing market for some time to come,” the executive said.
Ncube is the Chief Financial Officer of Dandemutande, a privately owned company established in July 1997 and a subsidiary of Telerix
Communications (Private) Limited whose shareholders, are Masawara Plc and Gondwana International Networks.
Dandemutande’s primary focus is the provision of internet based services and solutions to the wholesale, corporate, retail and consumer market segments within Zimbabwe.
Ncube noted at present fibre deployment has been limited to the main urban centres such as the capital Harare and Bulawayo.
However the demand for infrastructure and a country wide network has caused growth beyond non-traditional areas.
Overall, the new growth trajectory for Zimbabwe will allow first-rate
service providers to increase their local and regional footprint through the provision of quality connectivity products that support large corporate and business customers while also being conscious of new opportunities in a bourgeoning small businesses sector looking towards a brighter Zimbabwean future, Ncube said.
Meanwhile, the executive believes broad and necessary reforms have already been put in place to position Zimbabwe as an attractive investment destination.
Significant changes have also been made to the Electoral Act to allow for the provision of free and fair elections at the end of the month, he said.
Ncube noted the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa had also committed to inviting international observers to witness future elections in the country.
– CAJ News