Mobile operators in zimbabwe will be charged USD180 million as compared to the current charges at US $100 million to $180 million for a new operating licence.

Current licences are due for expire in June this year, and therefore the Ministry of Transport and Communication is in a process to issue new 15 year converged licences that would allow them extend their services.

The new framework would require that the operators share infrastructure to cut on operating costs and tariffs.

According to the Finance minister Tendai Biti, the licencing system will move away from the current system that awards two licences; one for GSM-mobile and data services.