By Owen Mandovha
MOBILE telecommunications firm, Telecel Zimbabwe which is partly owned by government, is on a drive to transform the country’s mobile space and contribute to growing national coffers.
One of Zimbabwe oldest telecoms companies, Telecel, which is partly owned by Government with a 60 percent stake, is set for a major digital transformation in 2022 and is strategising to position itself in the fast evolving and highly competitive mobile telecommunications space to complement the Second Republic’s digital drive.
Telecel Managing Director, Angeline Vere told ZBC News that shareholders have made a funding pledge to sustain this drive.
“Our shareholders have come up with a robust funding plan that we expect to anchor our major digital transformation in 2022 that will see a major shakeup of the entire mobile telecoms space through an offering of modern and affordable products which had become synonymous with our brand since our inception,” she said.
Mrs Vere highlights that the expiry of its software licence plunged the network into a temporary blackout but they are now on top of the situation.
“It was a temporary setback whereby our software licences expired and that triggered some challenges in accessing network for our subscribers but we are on course to rectify the anomaly,” she added.
Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Director General, Dr Gibson Machengete confirmed to Zbc news in a telephone interview that the network provider’s licence is intact and the company is honouring its statutory obligations to the regulator.
The company says its subscriber base stands at over 500 000 but has got a network capacity of more than five million subscribers.
As a partly state-owned enterprise, government expects the company to transform and declare dividends to boost national coffers.
By Owen Mandovha