Infrastructure ICT

Liberalizing the airwaves

In progress
Apr 2019

Govt to License 10 Radio Stations April 05, 2019

Government is this year expected to issue community radio broadcasting licences to 10 private operators as part of its reform agenda to open the airwaves in the growing industry, with foreign players expected to share 20 percent of the market. The move, apart from creating a competitive environment for the broadcasting panorama, is in line with the country's constitutional provisions for media variety.

Oct 2018

Govt clarifies issuance of new broadcasting licences October 09, 2018

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has not issued new licences, but has registered service providers with existing licences and who in any case enjoy freedom of establishment in terms of the Constitution. Magwegwe legislator Anele Ndebele (MDC-Alliance) told Parliament recently that BAZ illegally issued broadcasting licences to Econet Wireless, Zimpapers and Alpha Media Holdings in the absence of a substantive board.