Zimbabwe to Revamp Mobile Licenses As Universal Service Licenses

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Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator is working on replacing the current mobile licenses with universal licenses when they come up for renewal later this year.

The government is making the necessary changes to the law to allow POTRAZ to issue the new licenses, and expects to have the work completed by June.

The deadline of June is important as that is when Econet and Telecel's existing licenses expire and need to be renewed.

"Licences are about to expire and because of technological changes that are happening in the industry we cannot continue to issue operators with the old licence which only allowed an operator to work within the stipulations of that licence. The new licence would allow operators to diversify their products," the deputy director of communications in the ICT Ministry Mr James Madya told The Herald newspaper.

In other news, the regulator recently announced that the country ended last year with 12.6 million active SIM cards - representing a population penetration level of 97 percent.

On the web: The Herald

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