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Powertel Owes $3 Million In License Fees & It’s Failing To Connect New Customers Who Paid Installation Fees

Usually when we talk about license fees we naturally think of Mobile Network Operators but we rarely think of internet access providers like Powertel. Apparently, Powertel owes the regulator, POTRAZ over US$3 million in license fees as at 31 December 2018 according to the Auditor General. From the Auditor General report: ……failure to fully pay […]

Internet Access Providers ask POTRAZ to review VSAT landing rights fees

Internet Access Providers this week asked the regulator of the telecoms sector in Zimbabwe, POTRAZ, to zero rate the VSAT landing rights fees in view of the modern possibilities of landing VSAT very cheaper using technologies like KA Band. The current $1,500 annual fees levied by the regulator is making internet access needlessly expensive in remote areas that technology like fibre […]

Zim government approves tax increase for telecoms & “mobile banking” to fund elections

A report in the state owned Herald newspaper today says that government has approved an increase in taxes for ‘mobile network charges’ and ‘mobile banking charges’ apparently to fund an upcoming general election. The revelation was made by Zim finance minister Tendai Biti yesterday as he addressed the media on the state of the economy. […]

Zimbabwe raises telecoms licence fees, migrates to converged licencing

The Herald reports today that the Government of Zimbabwe has raised the operating license fees for mobile network and fixed telephone operators from the current US $100 million to $180 million. The change comes as Econet Wireless and Telecel Zimbabwe prepare to renew their operating licenses in June this year.