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Econet Finally Agrees To Share It’s Infrastructure

May 27, 2019 / Ronald Mantooth

Last week fierce rivals, Econet and Netone entered into a long-awaited deal that will see the Mobile Network Operators share their infrastructure. Its a deal that the government, POTRAZ and just about every consumer had been wishing and praying for to happen. And now it has finally happened. Infrastructure sharing was a bone of strong contention between MNOs and POTRAZ and Government since 2014. Econet, in particular, was infamous for stalling the deal whilst other MNOs were more than willing to share their relatively few (and inferior) infrastructure. Government even came to a point where it even drafted a Statutory Instrument to legally enforce Econet to share its enviable infrastructure but that never swayed Strive Masiwa’s company to give in. Econet never disregarded the idea of sharing infrastructure with its rivals. But its argument was that it only had to be done in the instance that MNOs would have invested in infrastructure in different geographic regions so sharing infr...