Zimbabwe allocates LTE spectrum for operators

Telecoms tower RawichSpectrum has been distributed to Zimbabwean telecom companies that want to use LTE enabled broadband networks, according to the local regulator

Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) will allow operators to deploy networks that have faster mobile internet upload and download speeds, the authority said.

This follows Econet Wireless' LTE service roll out for non-mobile gadgets for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly jointly hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia in 2013. 

“We have already allocated spectrums for LTE. One of the mobile networks (Econet) is supposed to have launched LTE during the UNWTO in Victoria Falls,” said Nicholas Muzhuzha, the manager for networks and standards at Potraz.

Rose Moyo, a representative for Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer Huawei in Zimbabwe, stated there was no reason “why Zimbabwe should lag behind in deploying LTE broadband” which had been “a main transformer” in Africa.

"Spectrum has been allocated. NetOne is implementing LTE in a broader way as we want to implement LTE across the whole country," Moyo said.

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