The national telecommunications regulator, Potraz has said that they will not be worried about the pull out of Econet Wireles Zimbabwe from the infrastructure sharing process, but have however gone ahead in crafting the framework which all operator should adhere to.
Speaking to the acting director General of Potraz Mr Baxton Sirewu, during the initial induction of Potraz Board members, he said that as the regulator they are not at all moved by Econet’s pull out from Infrastructure sharing but have gone forward with the process and the framework is expected to be presented soon after all due legal procedures are done.
By Brianson Dzvairo
Their pull out is not an issue, With or without Econet, this initiative will go on and Econet will adhere to the stipulations of the framework
Sirewu said that they will remain focused on their mandate as the regulator in creating a level playing field while the customer interests are safeguarded and bemoaned resources being wasted through duplication of infrastructure as operators jostle for top market positions.
POTRAZ has held meetings with stakeholders to establish a framework commonly called the “Shared Infrastructure” development. Over the years, competing service providers have set up boosters to expand coverage, dug trenches to lay fiber optic cables to improve service delivery. Just by raising your head, one can see at least 3 boosters all close together. On major highways, numerous trenches have been dug side by side in some cases. This has led to POTRAZ calling for this new framework.
However this policy framework has been met by resistance, with Econet Zimbabwe pulling out of the stakeholder meetings, stalling development and implementation. However, POTRAZ has remained resolute and maintained their stance. “With or without Econet, this initiative will go on and Econet will adhere to the stipulations of the framework.”
It is in the best interests of Econet to come on board this initiative because “the dice has been cast”. Attending the meetings would give them a chance to help the committee formulate a framework that establishes a level playing field that is fair to all. The new Board consists of Mr. S. Khumalo (Chairman),