The Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, has, after consultation with the Regulating Authority (POTRAZ) passed a new regulation, Statutory Instrument 137 of 2016 for Infrastructure Sharing. which applies to telecommunication license holders in Zimbabwe.
The regulations were quietly passed on Friday 4 November on what is probably the biggest telecoms issue in Zimbabwe.
The regulations could soon become a legal battle between the Ministry and its Regulator and MNOs not willing to share their capital intensive infrastructure built up over years of operating in Zimbabwe.
We just got our hands on a copy of the SI, as stated in the document its main objective is to provide infrastructure sharing among license holders in order to:
- eliminate unnecessary duplication of telecommunication
- maximize the use of existing and future telecommunication infrastructure;
- minimize negative public health,safety and environmental impact caused by the proliferation of telecommunication infrastructure installations;
- promote the orderly and effective town and country planning in the provision of telecommunication services;
- ensure the provision of sufficient telecommunication infrastructure in the country;