The government of Zimbabwe, through the ministry of Information Communication Technology Postal and Courier Services, is in no rush of making telecoms companies start sharing infrastructure according to statements by Hon Supa Mandiwanzira at the infrastructure sharing workshop hosted by TelOne yesterday..
In a bid to reduce costs within the telecommunication industry, sharing of telecom infrastructure among telecom service providers is becoming the requirement and process of business. Competitors are becoming partners in order to lower their increasing investments.
By Gift Chirauro
Speaking at the official opening of the infrastructure sharing workshop, Hon Mandiwanzira said, “Government has no intentions of grabbing anyone’s assets as it is the biggest player in the industry and it owns the largest infrastructure.”
He added that, the government is not directing companies but giving them the freedom to come up with a structure that will enable them to conduct the sharing. “What the government has is the mandate to come up with policies that will enforce the aspect and also to create a conducive environment,” he said.
Mandiwanzira gave telecoms companies a 90days ultimatum for them to launch the wonderful aspect, “You have no more than three months of launching this concept that has been tried and tested by many countries across the globe,” he directed.
Infrastructure sharing is of critical importance in the development of information communication technology and the telecommunication industry. It is the most cost-effective way towards the development of modern and technologically advanced facilities.
“Infrastructure sharing must be able to stimulate growth by cutting down costs by cutting down costs and it also opens doors for our young people to compete with others in the Silicon Valley,” said Mandiwanzira.
Furthermore, the minister also urged the service providers to start investing in rural areas in as much they are doing it in the urban areas. “Infrastructure should be scattered around the country without neglecting the rural areas,” he added.