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ZIM’S PHONE OPERATORS REQUEST MORE FREQUENCIES TO EASE CONGESTION

Zimbabwe’s mobile and fixed telephone operators have requested the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) to allow them more frequencies so that they can overcome congestion on their networks, the Financial Gazette learnt this week. The request was raised at a meeting with the regulator last Monday, where the companies also discussed Zimbabwe’s foreign currency crisis which they said was affecting their viability.

Officials who attended the meeting said the phone operators also wanted the government to allow them access to foreign currency remitted to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe by exporters because they were part of a strategic industry. The officials said the allocation of more frequencies would enable them to reduce congestion and expand capacity to meet increasing demand. They said telephone network operators had for several months been lobbying the regulator to allocate them each 15 megahertz (MHz) on the high capacity 1800 MHz band. However, at Monday’s meeting the operators were only allocated six megahertz each on the 1800 MHz band.

Financial Gazette

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