BreakingNews : Telecel Gets New 30day Licence

Telecel Zimbabwe’s operating licence has been cancelled effective April 28 and the mobile operator has since been given a 30 day special licence to facilitate the smooth switch off of the network with minimised disruption to subscribers.

According to execution of the order, Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has given the company a further 60 days (after switching off) to decommission their telecommunication equipment.

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Potraz expects that in the meantime Telecel Zimbabwe subscribers switch to alternative networks and those with credits on the Telecash Mobile money platform would make good their position.

However, in terms of Section 96 of the Postal and Telecommunications Act, Telecel Zimbabwe may appeal to the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services should they be aggrieved by the decision of the Authority on this matter.

Potraz said it should be underlined that the telecommunication equipment remains Telecel
Zimbabwe’s property and it is up to Telecel Zimbabwe to decide what to do with the equipment.

Telecel is alleged to have breached local empowerment regulations and failure to pay its licence fees upon which cabinet last month instituted a committee to investigate the company and make recommendations.

Meanwhile ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira had said last month that Government would however take into account the welfare of workers and subscribers in executing its decision to ensure that the law is respected.

The minister had said that although it was Government’s position is that Telecel Zimbabwe was operating without a license, the authorities were now following necessary laws to deal with the issue of non-compliance by the mobile operator.

Here is the latest Potraz statement:

The Telecel Zimbabwe licence has been cancelled. The cancellation is
with effect from 28 April 2015.In order to facilitate the smooth switch of the Telecel Zimbabwe
network as well as ensuring that disruption is minimized, POTRAZ
concurrently issued a special licence to Telecel to continue providing
telecommunications services for a period of 30 days. During this
period, it is expected that Telecel Zimbabwe subscribers switch to
alternative networks and those with credits on the Telecash Mobile
money platform would make good their position.A further 60 days (after switching off) has been given to Telecel Zimbabwe to decommission their telecommunication equipment. It should
be underlined that the telecommunication equipment remains Telecel
Zimbabwe’s property. It is up to Telecel Zimbabwe to decide what to do
with the equipment.In terms of Section 96 of the Postal and Telecommunications Act,
Telecel Zimbabwe may appeal to the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier
Services should they be aggrieved by the decision of the Authority on
this matter

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