The Minister of ICT Hon. Supa Mandiwanzira
Recently, the debate on telecoms infrastructure sharing which has been a major concern for the Ministry of ICT reached a conclusion of sorts of when the operators and the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, reached an understanding that was later crafted into a set of regulations on the issue.
One of the highlights of the discussions was how Econet Wireless, the countries leading mobile operator and largest private investor in infrastructure pulled out of the deliberations.
Speaking recently on a ZIFM Stereo’s The Platform, with Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa, the Minister of ICT, Hon. Supa Mandiwanzira reiterated the government’s stance on infrastructure sharing and explained the benefits for the country, mentioned how the government has extensive infrastructure that outpaces private operators.
He also chided Econet and Liquid for pulling out of the deliberations, and mentioned how the Zimbabwean management for both Econet and Liquid Telecom had pointed out how they were on board with the suggestions for sharing but had to follow a directive to do so from a shareholder in London, Strive Masiyiwa.
Responding to comments that came from listeners of the show, Minister Mandiwanzira mentioned that the government was not arm-twisting Econet’s hand with the new infrastructure sharing regulations.
You can catch the interview by clicking on the Soundcloud link below.