‘Potraz able to licence more mobile phones’
22 January 2018
Postal Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) director-general has no problem licencing other mobile telephone operators if the government okays it, a senior Potraz employee has said.
Answering to questions arising at a stakeholders workshop held in Kadoma last week, the licencing body’s technical services director Engineer Nicholas Mushusa said the spectrum allows them to licence more mobile telephones companies but the position with the government is that there are three mobile networks and two fixed lines operators.
“It is government’s position that we have three mobile phones operators as well as two fixed lines operators.
“We also have several internet providers operating which were licenced by Potraz. If at a certain time government okays licencing of another mobiles phones network, there is room to accommodate the operator,” said Eng Mushusa.
He said the requirement of having a licence in mobile phones service provider licence in the country entails one to be Zimbabwean holding 50 percent ownership.
“One has to be Zimbabwean to have 50 percent licence ownership of mobile phones service provider licences.
“We have our own local people who have done well in the field and even spread their wings to other countries in mobile telephone services providing which could be the reason why some people from other countries have not tried moving to Zimbabwe,” said Eng Mushusa
Speaking at the same workshop Potraz director general Dr Gift Machengete said because economic challenges some mobile phones service providers were not up to date with their licencing saying they had put in place payment plans in instalments.
“Some operators are not up to date with licence fees and we have invited them for negotiations were a payment plan in instalments is agreed on.
“There is an instrument to negotiate with them on payment and agree on what they can pay as instalments,” said Dr Machengete.