POTRAZ presents results for proposed pricing model

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Sibo Muteyiwa POTRAZ
A POTRAZ executive, Sibo Muteyiwa one of the moderators at the presentation

Today the local telecoms regulatory authority POTRAZ held a meeting to announce the results of research conducted to determine the implementation of a new pricing model for local telecommunications services. The process to look into a new pricing model has been ongoing since 2012 with the report presented today offering hypothetical tariffs for the 5 years from 2012 to 2016.

The Long Run Incremental Cost (LRIC) method which POTRAZ is set to adopt for setting tariffs assumes a Bottom Up price determination format that factors in technical considerations such as network infrastructure capabilities and efficiencies. The Top Down model currently used is cost based.

One important factor emphasised repeatedly was how the LRIC model is based on hypothetically efficient networks designed on the basis of network information and financial data gathered from players in the sector, using parameters, assumptions and methodologies that reflect international best practice, adjusted to suit the Zimbabwean situation and regulatory objectives to be achieved.

POTRAZ was involved in an extensive consultative process with all operators in telecoms to come with the LRIC model so as to have a clear representation of what the industry can propose as tariffs.

Although we haven’t been given the full report which will only be made available to key stakeholders at alter stage we did manage to glean some highlights from the presentation made as well as the discussions regarding the results and the model implementation which are still underway.

  • In terms of termination rates for mobile network voice calls the LRIC model suggests that the optimum rate for the year 2014 should be 2.55c per call as opposed to the current rate of 7c
  • The optimum rate for SMS in 2014 should be 0.56c
  • The optimum rate for data in 2014 should be 0.39c per MB
  • Services like voice and SMS are the only ones being used extensively but the network technology currently available in Zimbabwe is able to support sophisticated data services such as 3G radio, ADSL VPN and leased lines
  • POTRAZ has mentioned that the results of the research will not result in an immediate change in tariffs as there are inefficiencies in the market that make it a hypothetical model for the time being.
  • The sharing of infrastructure which is important for market efficiencies is something that POTRAZ is working on as it is currently involved in consultations with all operators to ensure an accommodative process.
  • The model created in the process will not be shared with the operators but they will be given an opportunity to view it and apply their own data to determine how it implicates their own operations

The project was conducted with guidance from global research firm Detecon International which been involved in similar projects in other countries across Africa, Asia and Europe. Deloitte Zimbabwe acted as the local consultants offering services covering costing specifics.



  1. Anthony Somerset

    WOW so they are suggesting the data rate should be higher???

    also have they not heard of whatsapp and facebook etc and the fact that voice/sms is losing out due to whatsapp and the rest?

    it seems like this report was compiled in 2010 or something before the proliferation of lots of internet based services

    1. james

      this writer did not understand anything his article is wrong!

    2. shiz

      The objective of the Research was not to reduce Tariffs but to suggest optimal pricing which is sustainable to the MNO’s and also promotes technological development in the long run. At the end of the day these MNO’s will still need to expand & invest as well as recover the money, and with the rise of Overlay services which are now beginning to chew up their revenue before recovery it only makes sense that they have suggested a rise in the price of broadband..

      1. james

        wrong again!

        1. shiz

          wow, so the associate coordinator for the project is wrong again…

  2. james

    Bad article u were asleep!!! 8u werent listenen or didn’t understand

    1. Anonymous

      So what is it that was said?

      1. james

        What was said is all operators have submitted info abuot their network botom up an top down LRIC models made by Detcon (tmobile). when these models are combined it will give a picture of how much it cost to produce services SMS VOICE DATA. Then as operators change/should upgrade old equipment to produce a more effcient service that will be cheaper to run an therefore provide cheaper services to consumers. So now operators will have to give info to Potraz that have a costing model that will give operators (MNO, IAP, FNP) a ceiling and floor price. Plus Potraz will address the issue of Infustructe sharing as Private operaters have only being sharing amoungst each other and government operaters have only being sharing amoungst each other. But now you see Potraz should have infustructure that the can lease to operators to avoid sabotage. Need more buy my book!!!

    2. Tengenenge

      did YOU need foreign consultants to do this? And YOU ARE yet to inform local tenderers of the tender results. Corrupt bastArds –

  3. Tengenenge

    did they need foreign consultants to do this? And they ate yet to inform local tenderers of the tender results. Corrupt bastArds

    1. james

      Locals don’t have the Skill set!! shame but true!

      1. Tengenenge

        What a load of …..,..Whats the rare skill there ? yet some of the “Locals” do WACC and LRIC costing jobs internationally …and even consult for ITU!! So the tender was a ruse, as usual..Corrupt bastards

        1. james

          Could be corruption but difference being a consultant an having a proven model

  4. madpple

    ini zii

  5. chitoporo

    Loved the 2.5C termination rate iyo. ZImbabwe is one of the most expensive country to cal to from outside due to the huge termination fee charged