HARARE – The Zimbabwean government has announced the new license fee for mobile network operators at US$137, 5 million for 20 years.
The three largest mobile operators in Zimbabwe by earnings and subscribers are Econet Wireless, Telecel and NetOne.
The previous figure was US$100 million for a 15 year-licence.
Addressing journalists in Harare Thursday the Minister of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Nicholas Goche said the money was uniform across board for all operators.
The new licence fees have been in the pipeline for months and come amid grumblings from consumers that the three operators are offering little value for money.
The operators, however, argue that operating costs in the southern African country are too high compared to those of other countries in the region.