We got this presentation here from a function we attended last week. The presentation was made by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and generally covers the current state of telecoms industry in Zimbabwe. Coming from them, we’re sure it’s pretty accurate.
Update: the presentation download on 4shared.com for our International readers.
A summary of the highlights of the presentation:
Zimbabwe’s Telecoms Infrastructure
- 5 International gateways
- 5 radio terrestrial 2 fibre-optic links to regional countries
- GSM, WiMax, CDMA, Fibre, ADSL
Mobile Market Structure
- There are 3 mobile operators; Econet, Net*One and Telecel
- Subscribers: Econet 3,200,000, Telecel 600,000, Net*One 500000
- Econet offers GPRS, EDGE , and 3G
- Other mobile operators are in the process of rolling out 2.5G and 3G services
Market Structure Internet Access
- POTRAZ is issues either class A or Class B
- Only Class A allows VoIP services
- Class B has combined public data and internet
- There are 10 internet Class A and 1 Class B operator
- Internet users are estimated to be 1.4 million
- POTRAZ doesn’t regulate ISPs.
- All telecommunications tariffs have to be cost based
- All tariffs should be approved by the regulator before they are implemented
- Fixed calls are 15c per 3 minutes
- Mobile calls are 24c/m
- SMS are 9 cent