ECONET Wireless Zimbabwe has defended its move to cut interconnectivity with its rival Telecel Zimbabwe saying its 20-year licence renewed on July 10, 2013 places strict conditions on its operations.
In a statement, Econet said Clause 5.2.2 of its licence requires that interconnectivity only be with licenced operators. Section 61 of the licence, interconnectivity is only permitted between licenced operators.
“There is no obligation to interconnect with a provider of telecommunications services that is not validly licenced in terms of Section 37,” the statement reads.
This week Telecel wrote a letter to Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe raising concerns of prejudiced business over poor connectivity between the country’s mobile phone operators.
Econet said it regretted disconnecting Telecel from its network, but the latter’s Zimbabwe’s licence was terminated as can be confirmed with regulatory authorities.
Telecel Zimbabwe’s licence expired on June 2, 2013.
Econet said Telecel has not been subjected to any such financial obligations adding that with no such burden it has been free to deliberately engage in trading practices that have distorted the playing field.