More than three million Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Ltd subscribers will now be able to make cheaper International calls using phones, tablets and computers through the Internet after the telecommunications company launched voice-over Internet protocol (Voip) services yesterday.
Voip is a technology that allows telephone calls to be made over computer networks like the Internet.
Speaking at the launch the company’s commercial director, George Barbaressos, said the country currently has six Voip service providers that include PowerTel, Gigatel, Econet, Brodacom and Africom.
He said challenges for Voip services entailed high installation cost, unavailability of lines, poor network coverage and ageing infrastructure.
“The Voip service is cost effective,” said Barbaressos.
“They can connect to all networks and use the existing Internet service providers’ infrastructure.”
The service features include international calls, voicemails, call transfers and call waiting. Voip can be used on laptops, phones and tablets, but customers would get new sim cards for the service.
Voip is a cheap and easy way of making calls using the Internet. The launch of the service is part of Econet Wireless’s broadband services project which it launched in 2009.