Price hikes blamed on bad policies(01-02-07)

HARARE - Cellular Network providers have defended their huge increases in tariffs coupled with many operational problems as results of government's bungling of the economy.
Managers from Econet, Net One and Telecel rapped government's bad economic policies in their presentations to the Parliament

ary Portfolio Committee on Post and Telecommunications.
Sources privy to the meeting told The Zimbabwean that the representatives of network providers called on the committee to lobby the parliament for special foreign currency facilities.
The thriving parallel market has seen cellular lines selling at highly-inflated amounts of up to $200 000, compared to $20 000 charged by the providers.
Chairman of the committee, Leo Mugabe is reported to have responded by saying his committee would make submissions to parliament and have the matters considered in the house. – Own correspondent

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