Govt gazettes statutory instrument compelling mobile operators to share infrastructure
Government has gazetted regulations which make it compulsory for mobile telecommunication operators to share infrastructure, a move which could cut costs by as much as 60 percent but which analysts say will only benefit its poorly resourced networks.
The regulations, which were gazetted last Friday as Statutory Instrument 137 of 2016, seek to eliminate ‘unnecessary duplication of telecommunication infrastructure’ by maximising the use of existing and future telecommunication infrastructure. The regulations also empower Potraz to direct telecommunication license holders to share infrastructure in the national interest.
Econet, the country’s largest telecoms firm has in the past made strong reservations on infrastructure sharing after investing $125 million in network roll out in the full year to February 2015 — bringing its total expenditure on core infrastructure to over $1,2 billion over five years.