Econet Rolls out 3G Service

ZIMBABWE’S largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers Econet Wireless will launch commercial 3G services alongside an expanded 2,5G data service on August 28.

Econet chief executive officer Douglas Mboweni said the GSM operator was ready to roll out a comprehensive package of data services based on 3G (W-CDMA), GPRS and EDGE technologies.
Last week Businessdigest erroneously reported that the launch had been deferred to next year.
The new range, which is scheduled to take off next month, will be initially launched only in Harare, but extended to all major cities by the end of the year, with the 3G service targeted at the top end of the market and post-paid contract subscribers.
3G capacity will initially be limited to 55 000 customers. Mboweni added that the cellco’s GPRS network, which does not support video applications but enables internet browsing and e-mail services, is already being offered to a limited market and would now be substantially expanded with the company’s utilisation of new bandwidth.
“GPRS is also being used for other critical services such as vehicle tracking systems and point-of-sale terminals,” he said.
Regarding the introduction of EDGE services, Econet said its network in southern parts of Zimbabwe is EDGE-ready. — Staff Writer.

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