Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator on Wednesday cancelled the operating licence of Telecel Zimbabwe with effect from April 28 this year.
The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) gave Telecel, a unit of Netherlands-based Vimplecom, a 30-day grace period to facilitate smooth switch off of the network with minimized disruption to subscribers.
The regulator also gave the mobile phone operator a further 60 days after switch off to decommission its telecommunications equipment.
“In order to facilitate the smooth switch off 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,” said POTRAZ in a statement.
Telecel, which is 60 percent owned by Vimplecom, is Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile phone operator with 2.5 million subscribers.
The cancellation of the license comes at a time when the company has since 2013 failed to pay a 137.5 million U.S. dollars fee to renew its 20-year licence.
POTRAZ said the company could appeal the cancellation of its licence to the Minister of ICT, and advised the firms’ subscribers to switch to alternative networks which are private-run Econet and State-owned NetOne. Enditem