ECONET introduces 4G services in Zimbabwe

Econet Wireless has introduced the much-anticipated 4G services in Zimbabwe, becoming the first local mobile phone operator to roll-out the latest fast speed and connectivity technology in the country.

Zimbabwe’s telecom giant said its Long Term Evolution (4G) technology will go live in Victoria Falls ahead of the commencement of UN World Tourism Organization General Assembly’s 20th annual session, scheduled to be held in the resort town from August 24 to 29.

Econet CEO Douglas Mboweni said 4G technology, which is still not available in several European and Asian Pacific countries, is a gift for the Zimbabwean customers who were demanding the company to introduce more competitive value-added services.

He said that Econet, which was one of the pioneers in Africa to launch 3G well before countries like India and Nigeria, aims to utilize its expensive infrastructure to roll out a host of overlay services across the country.

The introduction of 4G technology in Zimbabwe means the customers will be able to surf internet, exchange e-mails and download movies and other high-definition stuff from the internet at speeds much faster than they have ever been able to enjoy in the past.

Initially the LTE technology will be available in specific locations such as international airports, five-star hotels and other high-profile locations in the major cities of the country including capital Harare, second-largest city Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions.

Mr. Mobweni didn’t reveal that when the 4G technology will be available throughout the country but said Econet Wireless is primarily targeting the high-traffic localities.

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