ZIMBABWE’S largest cellular mobile company, Econet Wireless is now offering a comprehensive per-second billing system that applies across networks and on international calls.
Econet is also the first cellular mobile company in the country to introduce a 3G network aimed at boosting internet communication to those that wish to use internet services even when travelling, while its advanced, more expensive 4G network offers faster internet
Econet Chief Executive Officer, Douglas Mboweni, said the move was a fulfillment of a promise made to customers a year ago.
He said Econet’s per-second billing would be offered to both prepaid and contract customers.
“The cost of making calls will be cheaper, so traffic volumes will increase. We had to first clear issues of capacity before opening up to per-second billing,” said Mboweni.
To increase network capacity and coverage, Econet has been setting up more base stations across Zimbabwe.
Mboweni said the company had also tailored its per-second billing package so that it would directly responds to customers’ demands, which are for a package that cuts across all networks, routes and packages.
“With Econet being the only provider to offer per-second billing across networks and on international calls, the biggest savings will be made on the Econet network,” he added.
Mboweni said the per-second billing would apply during both peak and off-peak hours.
The company would continue to develop products and services aimed at helping customers make savings, Mboweni added.
Zimbabwe currently has three mobile networks. Econet leads with a subscriber base of about three million, followed by Telecel with 1,5 million while state-owned TelOne is third with a subscriber base of about one million.
Presently, Telecel and Econet only offer per-second billing to calls within the same network.