ICT Minister Touts The Importance Of The Internet: Just Over A Week After The Government Illegally Shut It Down
Honourable Kazembe Kazembe who is the Minister for INFORMATION Communication Technology Postal and Courier Services ( quite a mouthful so will just call him minister of ICT from now on if need be) has touted the importance of the internet as a catalyst for economic development. He was addressing people who had gathered in Guruve this […]
According to one study cited by the Minister of ICT Kazembe Kazembe statements, infrastructure sharing is something Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) must seriously consider since their costs can be significantly reduced by 16% to 35%. Apart from providing wider consumer choice and enhanced service-based competition, which in turn promotes creativity and innovation, infrastructure sharing significantly brings […]
POTRAZ has disclosed that they have made $120 million from the Universal Service Fund since its inception back in 2009. They have also made an extra $10.6 million from interest on investments, thus the total funds from the USF amount to $130.6 million. POTRAZ’s Director General, Gift Machengete also made it clear that the collections […]
POTRAZ seems to be on the right trajectory this season, from the AGM, to the construction of Community Information Centres (CICs) and now the promise to build at least 250 base stations in 2018. However, we still have but one grievance with the regulator; where and what happened to the $25 million Innovation Drive which […]
We have been crying for it and it’s here now: accountability and transparency from parastatals. Well, at least one parastatal has heeded the call and that’s progress in the right direction. The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) held its very first annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday. At that meeting they revealed a growth […]
It is reported that early this year Vice President Mnangagwa was approached by the Sports minister Hlongwane seeking funds to support the senior soccer team’s trip to Gabon for the Afcon tournament. This was after Hlongwane was approached by Zifa president, Philip Chiyangwa for those funds. Mnangagwa, being the problem solver that he is then […]
The Zimbabwean government will dip into the Universal Services Fund to access finances for the yet to be completed digital migration project.
Econet says it was deprived of over $130 million in revenues through government & regulatory interference
In a statement accompanying its consolidated annual financial results, Econet’s chairman Dr. J Meyers highlighted how the regulatory directive to reduce tariffs as well as the 5% tax added to all airtime prejudiced the operator of $95 million and $30 million respectively.
Zimbabwe pledges support to local app developers through multimillion dollar fund? – Pardon my skepticism
At the recently ended 2016 edition of Zimbabwe’s e-Tech Africa Expo, the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Supa Mandiwanzira announced government’s commitment to the development of local platforms and apps through a multi-million dollar investment financed by local operators.
In this episode which was recorded “On The Go”, we discussed NetOne’s $600 million wish, the increase in the USF contributions, unlimited internet from Powertel and the well-received offer for free education extended to STEM students.
In the second part of the weekly podcast, we discuss the very small increase in voice tariffs effected by POTRAZ, the telecoms regulator. We also touch on the $162 million lawsuit against the same regulator, filed by a telecoms operator Econet Wireless.
Local telecoms operator Econet Wireless wants POTRAZ the industry regulator to pay over $132 million in damages for losses suffered due to the reduction in voice tariffs.
There was a tender invitation from the local telecoms regulator POTRAZ, for the design, supply, installation of shared passive telecoms infrastructure in underserved areas. This is a project related to the Universal Service Fund (USF), a pool set up in 2000 which applies a levy to all licensed operators with the objective of spreading network rollout in neglected areas.
With all this talk on infrastructure sharing, we also need to consider the government’s viewpoint and possibly understand why it feels so strongly towards it. The government is obliged to ensure that consumers receive fair pricing for goods and services while it also protects the businesses in telecoms. These are the motivations behind this move on shared infrastructure.
A report in today’s Herald says the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has so far used the Universal Service Fund to install just 11 base station sites around the country, and plans to install 43 more in the coming 2 years. The Universal Service Fund is a pool of money contributed to […]