Econet still waiting for 3-G licence

ECONET Wireless has said it will re-engage the national telecommunications regulator to review progress made on granting the country's biggest mobile operator frequencies for 3-G network.

Econet is still to get a license from the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, almost half a year after it had made an application.

The company expected to roll out the 3-G network in July last year but delays by Potraz have stalled the process. Infrastructure has already been installed and all that was needed were frequencies to roll out the network, Econet chief executive Douglas Mboweni said recently.

“Although everything in terms of necessary infrastructure is now in order, we are yet to get a licence from Potraz,” said Mboweni.

3-G or “third generation” is in an improvement on the current 2-G or “second generation” used by most cellular operators around the world.

It is the latest technology that enables subscribers to transfer simultaneously both voice data, which are telephone calls, and non-voice data, which that involves downloading information, exchanging e-mails and instant messaging. 3-G also provides video telephony.

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