Below is the full description of the achievement of ICT company of the year award winner, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. The text has been posted here unedited.
Econet has been introducing innovative communication products and services since it commenced operations. During the current year Econet launched two ground breaking services – mobile broadband and EcoLife insurance
Cost of Services and products
Econet has made it possible for the cost of mobile telephony and services to reduce in real terms since mobile became available. The company has used a strategy of increasing availability of sim cards and availing low cost handsets to the bottom end of the market. This has made it possible for the great majority of Zimbabweans to be able to own mobile handsets and access the benefits of mobile telephony
Econet has continuously invested in increasing network and subscriber capacity that has made it possible to take on ever greater numbers and thus deepen the reach of mobile telephony services.
It is supporting over 60 000 AIDS orphans thru the Capernaume trust and over 600 students in high schools and the Health sector thru grants to the University of Zimbabwe school of Medicine and support to hospitals and other health institutions,
The company has grown as it invested in the network capacity from a subscriber base of less than i million to the current 5 million subscriber base. This growth has enable significant contributions to fiscus through VAT, Corporate taxes and customs duties
You can click the links below to read achievements by the other winners of Zimbabwe ICT 2010 Achievers Awards: