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Potraz warns operators

THE Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has threatened to withdraw operating licences of operators who disconnect other operators over interconnection disputes without its approval.

Report by Staff Writer
This emerged in the ongoing legal battle between giant mobile operator, Econet and NetOne over the unilateral disconnection of the latter over a US$20 million interconnection debt. Potraz wrote a directive on August 28 2012 warning operators about interconnection fees.

“Any unapproved disconnection constitutes a material breach of your licence conditions and may result in withdrawal of the licence,” the directive reads.
Econet lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa filed heads of arguments with the High Court arguing that “once applicant had expressly contended that there was no agreement between the parties, respondent (Econet) was entitled to take the action it did”.

NetOne lawyer Advocate Ray Goba argued that Econet did not follow due process.

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