Potraz says to build 250 base stations in 2018

HARARE, January 24 (The Source) – Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator says it plans to build up to 250 base stations in rural areas across the country this year using proceeds from the Universal Services Fund (USF).




The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) levies Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) 1,5 percent of their gross revenue annually which is then pooled to develop telecoms infrastructure in areas considered economically unviable by operators.

Potraz manager in charge of the USF Hasha Myambo told The Source on Wednesday that 15 base stations had been built using the fund last year.

“The cost for the base stations differs because of locations, some are located in hills or steep areas. On average a single base station can cost about $400,000 to $500,000.”

“For this year, we are looking at constructing at least 250 base stations and that will depend on how soon we get the required finances”.

As at September 2017 Zimbabwe had 8,278 base stations.