Zimbabwean mobile telecommunication subscribers are set to benefit from lower roaming charges in the region after four Southern African Development Community (Sadc) states agreed to cut international roaming costs.
This comes after mobile operators in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe last week arranged to reduce roaming tariffs as part of a pilot roaming project, which will commence among all operators in the four countries by September 1, 2015.
Currently, the challenge being faced by Sadc countries is an unaffordable international mobile roaming tariff.
However, the bloc decided to intervene at the regional level and seeks to regulate roaming services following recognition that it is a challenge for an originating country to regulate the roaming tariff of a visited country.
Telecommunication experts say this would allow for better consumer welfare as well as accelerate regional integration thereby facilitating the social and economic development of the region.
Infrastructure and Services Directorate director, Remigious Makumbe said he was satisfied with the good progress that has been made so far with regards to the preparatory progress for the implementation of the Sadc home and away roaming project.