Econet schedules network upgrade

By Staff reporter | 02 Feb 2019 at 14:16hrs
Econet, which controls 98 percent of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) data customer market share has been sending messages to subscribers notifying them of a network upgrade that will be starting later on today.

The message being sent to customers reads;

Dear Customer: Please be advised of a network upgrade from 2300hrs today to 0700 hrs, 3 Feb 2019. Any inconvenience this may cause on service quality is regretted.

Econet has the widest geographical mobile network coverage in Zimbabwe, covering 82 percent of the population. The latest data from the industry regulator POTRAZ (Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe) shows that Econet has a total of 4.092 base stations (or 52.2 percent share of total mobile infrastructure), in comparison to industry peers NetOne, which has a total of 2.691 (or 34.5 percent), and Telecel, with 1.025(13.2 percent) base stations.

The company leads the country's three mobile network operators (MNOs) in data network coverage, with more coverage than the other two MNOs put together. It has 1.192 3G base stations (51.2 percent), compared to NetOne's 771 3G base stations (33.1 percent) and Telecel's 364 3G base stations (15.6 percent).

Econet also leads in LTE (or 4G) network coverage, with 499 LTE sites (63.7 percent) to NetOne's 284 LTE sites (36.3 percent). It supports 269.000 LTE customers on its LTE infrastructure, compared with NetOne, which supported 2,165 LTE customers as at the end of March 2017.



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