Telecommunication companies are in talks with the government over a viability restoration plan aimed at cushioning the firms from operational challenges following proposed review of tariffs.

The discussions are aimed at solving problems affecting the telecommunications sector, according to Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Acting Director General Mr Kennedy Dewera.

“We are aware of the challenges and we need to tackle them head on for the benefit of the entire sector,” said Mr Dewera.

An official for a local mobile company Mr Spencer Manguwa noted that telecommunications firms are in need of a favourable climate to sustain revenue inflows.

What we just need is that platform for us to balance our books in a manner that will boost viability,” Mr Manguwa said.

Another official for a telecommunications firm Mrs Dumisani Nkala says the plan should consider rates in the SADC region.

“Bench-marking tariffs or charges with SADC will also position Zimbabwe as a key player in the developmental matrix of the nation,” she said.

Consumer Council of Zimbabwe Finance and Administration Manger Mr Henry Masaraure says stable tariffs are important.

 “This is a major issue that needs to be taken into account if we all need to sustain the needs of industry and commerce for the benefit of the consumers,”.

Zimbabwe’s telecommunications sector is also facing foreign currency constraints to procure working capital.