POTRAZ to improve mobile network

The rural population is set to benefit from an improved coverage of mobile phone networks following the $10m that the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe has budgeted for the installation of infrastructure.

The money is from the Universal Service Fund that was established under section 10 of the Postal and Telecommunications Act and became operational in September 2001. Licensed cell phone operators and other Information Communication

Technology providers contribute two percent of their gross income to the USF which is used to finance provision of services in remote areas.

In an interview last week POTRAZ director general, Charles Sibanda, said: “Work has already begun at eight sites in the provinces. We expect that work will be completed by year end.”

Sibanda added that the three mobile phone operators in the country, and ICT service providers, would share the infrastructure to install transmitters for their services. – Tony Saxon

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