The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has rolled out 15 towers under the universal services tower project, with Huawei donating five more base stations.
The setting up of 15 towers is part of a government project targeting the roll out 250 towers to be shared by all three mobile service providers.
The towers will cater for unserviced areas across Zimbabwe and ensure all marginalised rural areas have network coverage.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Muswenhede Moran Site in Mazowe South, ICT and Cyber Security Permanent Secretary, Engineer Sam Kundishora said the rollout of the stations seeks to reduce network expansion costs for mobile network operators and spreading network coverage for digital inclusivity.
“The government strongly feels that its infrastructure sharing model for the attainment of universal service and access should cascade down and be implemented at operator level. To this end, the government is finalising infrastructure sharing regulations,” he said.
POTRAZ Director General, Dr Gift Machengete said operators are showing greater signs of embracing infrastructure sharing and this will quicken the pace of network expansion.
“It is our fervent hope that through the various infrastructure sharing models that we are implementing, network rollout towards 100 percent population coverage shall be achieved faster,” he said.
While there was initial resistance to infrastructure sharing by mobile service providers, a cost reduction of 16 to 35 percent can be realised through lowering skills and resources requirements and unlocking value from underutilised infrastructure.