Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Telecel Zimbabwe Plans Major Expansion

Zimbabwe's smallest mobile network operator, Telecel says that it is
planning for a significant expansion of its network coverage. The
company says that it has already boosted capacity thanks to upgrading
existing base station towers. Telecel Zimbabwe is owned by Egypt's
Orascom Telecom.

The company recently released an additional 100,000 SIM cards onto the
market following the network capacity upgrade.

"We will be targeting selected new geographic sites to extend out
geographic coverage to most highway corridors, service centres and
rural areas in addition to all major cities, towns, commercial and
mining centres. (This) will result in even more lines being released
onto the market," the company said in a statement.

The SW Radio Africa news recently said that the cost of SIM cards has
fallen to around $25 each.

The country currently has three mobile network operators. According to
figures from the Mobile World analysts, Telecel is estimated to have
ended last year with around 232,000 subscribers - representing a
market share of around 15%.

South Africa's MTN Group was recently rumoured to be interested in
taking a 60% stake in Telecel.

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