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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

The challenges of doing business in Zimbabwe (continued)

In March I wrote about how the trouble political and economic situation in Zimbabwe seemed to be continuing to deter big telcos from seeking to exploit the country's under-penetrated market. One of the many challenges I mentioned then was the operator Econet Wireless suspending post-paid services due to foreign currency shortages.

Since then, it seems that the same operator has had to suspend the sales of prepaid lines, which must have been very damaging given the overwhelming preponderance of prepaid users in the customer base of any operator in an emerging market.

Happily, according to an report from TeleGeography, market-leading Econet Wireless, has resumed the sale of prepaid SIM cards, following recent upgrades to network capacity and regulatory clearance to charge users in foreign currency.

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