Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Zimbabwean fixed line operator TelOne has issued a statement saying that at least 48% of its network is running on an old analogue system. The company says that it requires more than USD300 million in order to upgrade to digital. The operator is said to have an installed capacity of 401,500 lines but currently close to 350,000 lines are in operational use. In the wake of mobile competition TelOne has lost approximately 50,000 subscribers over the last two years.

- Econect, Net One and Telecel are due to renew their operating concessions next year and the regulator PORTRAZ says that all three will be required to comply with the new laws. Proposed changes include the compulsory sharing of infrastructure. The watchdog hopes that infrastructure sharing will reduce network costs for operators and result in lower charges for subscribers.