Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services Supa Mandiwanzira has complained that Econet Wireless is refusing to share its infrastructure in the spirit of Statutory Instrument (SI 137 of 2016). The Minister made the remarks on Thursday while he was touring TelOne’s fibre project along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge Road. Said Mandiwanzira:
The Statutory Instrument (SI 137 of 2016) is out and we expect that all operators within the telecommunication sector must share infrastructure. It’s not a new thing. It’s something that has been taking place
…They (Econet) have not been very open, from what we understand, to sharing their infrastructure without receiving something from who they want to share with. So what they are insisting on is if you want to put your infrastructure on our tower, you must offer your tower so we put our infrastructure there,
So they are saying let’s share but on a one-to-one basis. Let’s share if you have something also to give me. That is not the spirit of the policy. That is not the spirit of the law. That is not what we expect. We expect that the sharing must be open.
We insist that there must be payment and that the compensation must be fair and adequate. We refuse that operators can choose who they want to share with