Econet reverses termination decision

TELECOMS

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Econet reverses termination decision

By Alfronce Mbizwo, Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless reversed its decision to terminate interconnection services to state-owned rival NetOne over a USD20 million debt, after the latter challenged the move at the High Court on Thursday night.

High Court judge Justice Ben Hlatshwayo expressed concern about the inconvenience caused to the public in a case brought under a certificate of urgency, but did not issue an order for or against the move by Econet.

Econet rescinded its decision soon after.  Earlier, it had disconnected NetOne citing the refusal by the later to settle the outstanding debt from 2009. It also accused NetOne of repudiating an interconnection agreement between the two mobile service providers.
Econet lawyer Harrison Nkomo said Econet’s decision to restore services to NetOne was unilateral.

“Econet has taken a unilateral decision to reconnect NetOne considering both the negative impact on the subscribers and the unreasonable stance that NetOne took of disregarding the impact of the disconnection,” said Nkomo.

Collin Kuhuni representing NetOne respectively said the legal wrangle was not over as the matter will be heard in court in due course.
“The basic position is that the chairman of Econet, Tawanda Nyambirai has agreed to reconnect NetOne immediately and he has been given a postponement . . . to enable Econet to file their response to our application,” said Kuhuni.

At the High Court, Kuhuni said NetOne was seeking an order compelling Econet to immediately reconnect it. “We believe that the decision to disconnect us unilaterally was illegal,” he said.

The Permanent secretary in the parent Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructure Development, Munesu Munodawafa, said it was too early for Government to comment on the matter, adding that the regulator, Potraz, was handling the dispute.

“The interconnection of services between networks is a legal issue and Potraz is dealing with it,” he said. We cannot usurp Potraz’s powers because they have a legal provision to deal with the matter. We will talk to Potraz first before we comment.”

But Potraz director-general Charles Sibanda said they wanted the government to address the matter first.

“Every licencee is expected to interconnect. This is an issue that involves the shareholder and we will wait for the parent ministry (Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development) to react to it first.

“The law is very clear that if the two companies fail to agree on interconnection agreement they have to come to the regulator. On the issue of debts, we have nothing to do with them. If they fail to agree they can go to the Arbitration Court.”



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE TELECOMS NEWS

TNM to conduct biggest promotion pay-out

TNM will on August 26 splash out over K100 million in its Ufulu@50 Promotion, the biggest payout in a single day in the history of promotions in Malawi. Read More

We don’t patronise fake OEMs, says Glo

Globacom has said it does not patronise substandard original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and telecoms equipment vendors.  Read More

Africell DRC waits ‘in vain’ for interconnection

Africell, which began operations in the DRC in June 2012, has yet to enjoy interconnection. Read More

Telecom Namibia: WACS repairs to start this weekend

Repair work on the West Africa Cable System (WACS) off Namibia’s coast is scheduled to start over the weekend, says Telecom Namibia.  Read More

MTN Uganda marks 10m subscriber mark

Having hit the 10 million subscriber base, MTN Uganda has announced that it is giving out 10 million minutes of free airtime and 100 million MB of data to its customers. Read More

Airtel Malawi launches thematic campaign

Airtel Malawi has launched a new thematic campaign dubbed 'Muli Bwanji?' a local language greeting meaning 'How are you?' aimed at depicting the warmth and love that is synonymous with Malawians. Read More

Etisalat commissions flagship Experience Centre in Abuja

Etisalat has commissioned a world class flagship Experience Centre in Abuja. Read More

Infrastructure, connectivity key to Africa’s smart cities

Infrastructure and connectivity are key to achieving the Smart City vision, say WSP and Ruckus Wireless. Read More

Glo offers subscribers 3-in-1 recharge option

Glo has unveiled a unique 3-in-1 Recharge Option to make the process of loading regular airtime credit, international calling packs and data bundles more convenient for its subscribers. Read More

DRC’s ICT penetration reaches 23%

ICT penetration in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen significantly, to 23%, says the government. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Nigeria’s VAS providers ‘on brink of extinction’Nigeria’s VAS providers ‘on brink of extinction’

WASPAN chief Simon Aderinlola says unless the regulator intervenes, WASPAN may not have anything left to regulate. Kokumo Goodie reports.

IN DEPTH

Kenya rolls out e-extension to improve agricultureKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture

In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.

COMPANY NEWS

Schneider Electric trains 50,000 in energy management

Schneider Electric has trained more than 50,000 people in energy management as part of its BipBop energy access programme.