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Zim govt tightens grip on telecoms in runup to 2018 vote

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A transmitter tower.
A transmitter tower.

Harare - President Robert Mugabe’s government will have a tight grip on the telecommunications industry until after elections next year, ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira said as the controversy over biometric voting rages on in the country.

The government of Zimbabwe already owns mobile operator NetOne and TelOne - the fixed phone provider that also retails internet services and runs the country’s internet gateway.

This year, the government completed payment for a 60% stake in Telecel Zimbabwe, previously controlled by VimpelCom.

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