Zim Telcos Eagerly Welcome Eskom Deal
Zimbabwe is finally seeing some major improvements in power supply after striking an electricity import deal with the South African power supply firm Eskom.
Monica Mutsvangwa, Zimbabwe's Minister of Information, confirmed this following a cabinet meeting earlier this week.
The Minister of ICT Kazembe Kazembe said that the deal is eagerly welcomed by Zimbabwe's telecommunications industry which has been hit hard by the rolling power cuts.
Telco industry executives have spoken out about the adverse impact the power cuts have had on businesses.
Kazembe is now hopeful that the telecom network challenges to ease due to the improved power supply.
He said that the power interruptions due to load-shedding had a disastrous effect on the telecoms base stations, resulting in very poor mobile and internet networks in industries such as banking, mining and agriculture, among others.
Over the past few weeks, Zimbabwe has also suffered major disruptions to mobile money, telecom services and data on the Econet network.
EcoCash is considered to be the largest and most used mobile money service platform in the country.
Amidst the already inflated operating costs caused by running and maintaining diesel generators, the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe recently approved yet another tariff increase for voice telephony services.
Econet said that it requires over US$60-million to transform its base stations from electricity to solar power.