Zimbabwe issues licences

Director-general Mr Cuthbert Chidoori said on Wednesday that the telecommunications regulator had managed to reduce the number of illegal postal and courier service operations.

“Since its establishment Potraz has made several achievements that include licensing of 25 operators to offer public postal and telecommunication services and managed to reduce the abuse of industrial scientific and medical bands,” he said.

Licences that have been issued include one for postal services and one fixed telephone provider in which Zimpost and TelOne are monopolies.

Three mobile cellular providers – Econet, NetOne and Telecel – and eight domestic and six international commercial courier providers have been licensed.

At least three public data network service providers have been licensed with four Internet services providers. Several radio dealers, companies and institutions have also been given the nod to install private network services and to sell telecommunications equipment.

Deregulation of the telecommunications sector about five years ago has not only created employment but has created massive investment. ‘ Herald Business.

and created competition in a sector where the then Posts and Telecommunications Corporation was the monopoly.

Potraz was established in September |2001 with specific roles that include licensing postal and telecommunications operators and promoting consumer interest and a |competitive environment, among others. – New Ziana.

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