The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has cancelled Telecel Zimbabwe’s operating licence.
The termination is with effect from 28 April 2015.
In a statement POTRAZ said Telecel will be allowed to operate for only a month.
“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,” the statement read in part.
POTRAZ said the Telecel Zimbabwe subscribers should use the grace period to switch to other network providers of their choice.
“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,” said POTRAZ.
After the 30 day grace period, Telecel Zimbabwe will be given a further 60 days to decommission their equipment.
“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,” the regulatory body said.
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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