TeleAccess timeline

DECEMBER 3, 2002: Transport and Communications permanent secretary, Christian Katsande, writes to Potraz informing them of the decision to award the licence to TeleAccess.



ns-serif”>January 3, 2003: TeleAccess is awarded a licence valid for a period of 20 years.


January 4, 2003: Daniel Shumba tells BBC News Online that the company will start offering services in May as required by the law.


May 1, 2003: TeleAccess fails to roll out its network.


October 6, 2003: Potraz gives TeleAccess the numbering plan to start operating. The gateway issue remains outstanding and TeleAccess takes the matter to government.


January 26, 2004: Katsande again writes to Potraz asking them to solve outstanding issues after TeleAccess had complained about the delay.


January 30, 2004: Potraz informs TeleAccess of its intention to amend the licence with regards to the gateway issue. It says only Tel*One will operate the gateway.


Ferbuary 17, 2004: TeleAccess writes to Potraz complaining about the gateway issue and other matters.


Ferbuary 24, 2004: Potraz replies maintaining that only Tel*One will operate the gate-way.


April 26 2004: The authority invites Shumba to attend a meeting to discuss the impelementation of a Single International Gateway.


August 19, 2004: Potraz again writes to TeleAccess informing them that they will visit the company to assess progress on the roll out programme.


August 20, 2004: TeleAccess writes to Potraz telling them that it was not willing to let them inspect its progress unless it addresses the outstanding issue it had raised earlier.


Ferbuary 25 2005: Potraz demands that TeleAccess submits a progress report on its network. It complains that the company has missed its deadline.


August 18, 2005: Potraz again demands a progress report from TeleAccess on the network roll out.


September 7, 2005: TeleAccess informs Potraz that it is finalising its fundraising initiative to roll out the network.


November 9, 2005: Potraz notifies TeleAccess of its intention to withdraw the licence.


November 23, 2005: TeleAccess protests the intention. The company lawyers inform Potraz that it will appeal against the move.


November 29, 2005: Potraz cancels the licence.


December 1, 2005: TeleAccess protests the cancellation of the licence saying Potraz did not follow the proper legal course. TeleAccess said it would appeal the decision. – Staff Writer.

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