Zimbabwe: ICT Minister Calls For Additional Spectrum For Africa

Zimbabwe would like more spectrum to support growth for its broadcast and Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

This declaration was made by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security, Engineer Sam Kundishora while speaking at the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) and World Radio Conference (WRC).

The WRC which holds once every quarter, brings together regulators, suppliers, broadcasters and mobile network operators to discuss and agree on how to move the continent forward regarding spectrum issues among others.

Engineer Kundishora said that additional spectrum would provide Zimbabwe - and other parts of Africa - with more business opportunities and employment and there is a consensus among African nations on the need for increased spectrum.

The Zimbabwean minister said: “In the event, our allocations increase, business succeeds because those who operate stations will get additional revenues while manufacturers as well as suppliers of equipment benefits as well.

E-government services such as e-agriculture, e-commerce, e-health, e-education as well as artificial intelligence are fast are becoming the dominant services in global communities, so Africa needs to set its priority right in the allocation of spectrum resources to avoid being left behind in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Also, the Director General of The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz), Engineer Gift Machengete commented: "Radio communication is critical to connecting people. What makes the situation challenging is the fact that Africa has the highest number of people who are unconnected.  We must bring together initiatives that will help to close the digital divide and ensure that no one is left out as the world is transitioning to a fully-fledged information and knowledge village.

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