Econet’s network expansion programme almost complete

THE country’s largest mobile network operator, Econet Wireless, says its $200 billion network expansion programme is almost complete following the construction of 80 base stations so far.



, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>A company spokesman said the 80 sites would be commissioned by the end of June.


“We have made tremendous progress on the expansion and we will begin to add real capacity after June,” said the spokesman.


The expansion programme will result in the construction and commissioning of 120 base stations and the doubling of the subscriber base to 500 000 by the end of the year.


“Although we have experienced some delays in one or two areas in recent days, we are however glad that the whole project is still very much on course as per our original plans,” the spokesman said. In addition to expanding geographical coverage, the expansion is also expected to significantly reduce congestion levels on the network, where other elements such as the pre-paid platform as well as the voice mail and short message service are also being expanded and strengthened.


Econet subscribers have of late been complaining of congestion on the network.


The cellular network company is also adding advanced features on the network in line with those found on mobile networks in developed countries such as the UK.


The spokesman said the company would be cautious in releasing additional lines to avoid network instability.


“We do realise there is a huge and increasing demand for our services but we want to make sure that all the elements are working together and efficiently to avoid network instability,” he said.


Launched in 1998, Econet’s products on the market include Buddie, Libertie, Business Partna and Your Phone, among others. — Staff Writer.

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