Potraz to build 43 new base stations

By Alfonce Mbizwo, Harare, Zimbabwe

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe says it will spend at least USD24 million to construct 43 new base stations in rural areas around the country.

It said it had completed a financial and technical assessment construction of base stations in poorly serviced areas throughout the country under the second phase of the Universal Services Fund was waiting for the tender to be awarded.

The tenders for the design and installation of the base stations opened in August last year.

“The tender has not yet been approved. The tender was supposed to be closed in October but it was closed in November because bidders requested for more time,” said Potraz deputy director-general Alfred Marisa.

“On our part, we did the financial and technical assessment and at the moment we are just waiting for the tender to be awarded then we can proceed.”

Telecommunications companies contribute two percent of their annual revenue into the USF to improve communication systems in rural areas.

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