In a response to an email we sent them, Telco (Telecontract) revealed that they’re working on a mobile broadband service to be launched in 2011. Telco says “deployment of the first base stations is underway and commissioning of the commercial services is scheduled for early in 2011.”
It’s not clear yet what mobile internet technology the service will be based on but that’s likely to be WiMax or CDMA.
Telco will become the fifth telecommunications provider to offer mobile broadband in Zimbabwe, after Econet, Africom, PowerTel and TelOne.
Econet, the largest by subscribers and capacity, launched 3G services last year to a limited group of subscribers. Econet’s 3G was relaunched this year to all subscribers under the brand Econet Broadband and has registered massive uptake in the market.
Africom, the second largest by number of subscribers also has, also launched mobile broadband services based on CDMA 2000 (a 3G technology) in the past few months.
The smallest but oldest contenders, state owned PowerTel and TelOne, both have consumer mobile broadband offerings based on CDMA technologies.