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ICT Ministry Says Giving Additional Free Spectrum Has Improved Internet Access During Pandemic – Truth Or Propaganda?

At the beginning of May, POTRAZ with the permission of the Ministry of ICT announced that they would be freeing up additional spectrum to internet service providers and mobile network providers. The Ministry recently released a press release detailing some of the good things that have come from that move and there are some interesting […]


POTRAZ Gives Mobile Operators Additional Spectrum For The Rest Of 2020: Internet Use Has Ballooned

The Director-General of POTRAZ has announced that mobile network operators will be allowed to access additional 3G and 4G frequencies at no cost. Radio spectrum is a finite resource which is used for various radio-communication services which include cellular telephone operations and broadcast television stations. During the Covid-19, Potraz will be assigning additional 3G (Third […]


POTRAZ Consulting Public On How They Can Improve Internet Connection In Rural Areas

POTRAZ has put out a notice in newspapers consulting the general public and interested parties on a proposed light licensing of rural broadband fixed wireless access systems. The notice reads: The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) intends to make the frequency bands 2400- 2483 MHz and 5 725-5 875 MHz available for […]


Is 5G Relevant For Africa Yet?

With global 5G rollout gathering momentum, the question of whether Africa is ready for the transition to 4G’s successor is dependent on various factors that could cause a delay in the integration of 5G in the continent. Back in January, South African mobile operator MTN and Ericsson announced Africa’s first 5G technology and applications trial. […]


Government Fears Congestion Of Spectrum, Considers Increasing It

The increase of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), radio stations, tv stations etc. is giving goosebumps to the government fearing that the congestion of the available radio spectrum (spectrum) will have systematic problems in ICT. Spectrum relates to the radio frequencies allocated to the mobile industry and other sectors for communication over the airwaves. Speaking to […]


Digital migration project in funding crisis after NetOne fails to pay Government $200 million for dividend spectrum

The Zimbabwean government is in the process of identifying new buyers for the digital dividend spectrum which was initially sold to local mobile operator NetOne after the mobile operator failed to pay the $200 million required for it.


Infrastructure Sharing: purely an emotional debate

Operators would rather “go it alone” than share infrastructure despite the fact that there is an opportunity for cost savings of up to 40%. To the consumer it makes absolutely no sense that they should have to pay higher tariffs for a service when there is a clearly a better way for all stakeholders to benefit.