ECONET Wireless Zimbabwe is working on encroaching into more public areas like colleges, shopping malls and airports to increase its Wifi hotspots in Zimbabwe.
This was said by the company’s chief executive Douglas Mboweni at the launch of Kwese Mobile App in Harare on Thursday night.
‘”Mobile TV requires fairly considerable amounts of data and we are mindful that some customers will prefer to enjoy their mobile TV on a Wi-Fi network, rather than on the 3G or LTE networks,” he said.
“Plans are already underway to expand our Wi-Fi hotspot footprint into every public area in the country, including in colleges, shopping malls and airports.”
Econet which launched mobile Kombi hotspots boasts of 240 of these in Zimbabwe.
He said Kwese customers in Zimbabwe would soon be able to do ‘TV roaming’ in other countries where Kwese is available, adding that to support the Kwese Mobile TV Experience, Econet had rolled out more than 575 fixed Wi-Fi hotspots and 240 mobile sites throughout the country, in collaboration with its sister company ZOL.
Meanwhile, the Head of Econet Media Zimbabwe, Mrs Dorothy Zimuto, confirmed that the Kwese team had been overwhelmed by demand for its service and were now working to hire and deploy more Technites (installers).
“Because of the overwhelming demand, we are training more Technites every day, in order to meet the demand,” Mrs Zimuto said.
The launch of Kwese TV in Zimbabwe has already contributed to direct job creation, with more than 2.500 jobs directly created, along with many more downstream opportunities created through the launch of the service.
Kwese TV now operates in the following African countries: namely Zimbabwe, South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Swaziland, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, and Botswana.
In addition, Kwese Free Sports (KFS) operates in 23 African countries.According director of Econet Media there are over 80 million subscribers glued to Kwese Free Sports all over the world.