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The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services has called for a g policy for all mobile phone companies to infrastructure. Chairman of the Portfolio Committee, Mr Nelson Chamisa, said sharing infrastructure ensured companies used resources more effectively.

Mr Chamisa was presenting a report in the National Assembly on the state of the country’s mobile phone sector.

“There is need to enforce mandatory infrastructure sharing so that exclusivity is avoided,” he said.

“Government must have a role in the financing of infrastructure to reduce costs to the consumer and provide incentives for investment in supporting infrastructure.”

Mr Chamisa said the country’s mobile sector had made a significant contribution to the development of infrastructure.

“This has seen the emergence of new access roads in underdeveloped areas.

“The construction and maintenance of infrastructure has also provided employment to local communities,” he said.

Mr Chamisa said the country had the most expensive tariffs of voice calls and called for a reduction in charges.

He called for speedy construction of more community information centres in the country.

Government, Mr Chamisa said, should recapitalise NetOne as it had been unable to meet its capital expenditure requirements and foreign debt redemption.

“The committee recommends that Government chips in to capitalise NetOne or they would have to find a new partner as the mobile network is under capitalised, and is unable to meet its capital expenditure requirements and foreign debt redemption,” said Mr Chamisa.

He commended NetOne, Econet and Telecel for providing services which have led to an increase in the country’s ICT literacy rate as more people now have internet access and can make payments from their mobile phones

Source : The Herald