Zimbabwe: Telone Gets Mobile Phone Service Licence


The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has issued state-owned incumbent TelOne with a mobile phone service licence. The fixed telecommunications operator will become the fourth company to obtain a licence after NetOne, Econet and Telecel.

Potraz Deputy Director-General Alfred Marisa said the authority granted TelOne the licence late last year. He said the State-owned firm could now start rolling out its mobile phone services to the public. "Last year TelOne requested for the GSM frequencies when their 20-year licence was due to expire. We allocated them those frequencies," he said.

The Zimbabwean Government has also allocated significant resources towards the laying of the fibre optic cable that connects the country to undersea cables in Beira via Mutare.