Infrastructure sharing way to go for telecoms operators

By Mercy Bofu

GOVERNMENT says progress is being made to ensure infrastructure sharing among telecommunications operators with more than 60 base stations earmarked for relocation this year.

Speaking at the official commissioning of a Net One base station at Gava Musungwa Zvinavashe Barracks in Masvingo, the Minister of Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere said the government remains committed to push for the provision of ICT infrastructure which is a key enabler for accelerated development.

“Zimbabwe is working on keeping up pace with the rapid technological developments hence we are working on these infrastructure development initiatives,” he said.

For telecommunications operators regulator, POTRAZ, infrastructure sharing is the way to go hence all base stations will be upgraded.

Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Deputy Director Alfred Marisa said: “We are working on ensuring all base stations are upgraded to carry all networks and infrastructure sharing reduces the time operators require to enter the sector.”

NetOne says it remains committed to bringing network coverage to all previously underserved areas.

“As Netone with the government’s support we are putting in place such infrastructure that our customers have access to internet,” Netone Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Raphael Mushanawani noted.

The new base station is expected to assist the surrounding community access network.

According to POTRAZ the country requires about 250 base stations with Infrastructure sharing sighted as the way to go to achieve the number in time.