Econet upgrades network in Bulawayo

TELECOMS giant Econet Wireless is upgrading its network infrastructure in Bulawayo to boost service quality‚ resulting in the current congestion.


Econet spokesman Ranga Mberi said as the customer base grows and customer needs change, they were responding by consistently upgrading the network to ensure greater efficiency and value.

“Network upgrades are a continuing exercise for Econet, as we are always looking to ensure that our network is performing to the standards our customers expect. We are, regrettably, unable to give figures as we are in a closed period,” Mberi said.

The programme is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2015.  He said pursuit of innovation was at the heart of the company to provide more value to all subscribers.

Last year Econet launched the 4G network, which is 10 times faster than the current 3G, but the project has still not been rolled out.

According to the latest statistics from the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Econet consolidated its position as the country’s leading mobile network operator with  its active subscriber base growing by 2,1% in the period under review to 6 472 382 from 6 339 945.

In a report for the quarter to September 2014, the telecoms industry regulator said NetOne’s active subscribers went up 13,8% to 2 707 682 during the period from 2 379 285 registered in the previous quarter, thereby surpassing Telecel to become the country’s second largest mobile network operator.

Telecel’s active subscribers base dwindled by 7,8% to 2 223 724 from 2 400 729 recorded in prior period.

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