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Zim’s Econet forced to reconnect NetOne

After switching off interconnection with state-owned mobile operator NetOne, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator, Econet Wireless, has been forced to reverse its decision by the Southern African country’s high court. Econet claims it is owed US$20m by its rival. Econet cut links with its rival last Thursday, claiming NetOne had failed to pay interconnection fees – the rates operators charge each other to field calls on their networks — since May 2009.

Econet is also trying to recover unpaid interconnection fees from Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile operator, TelOne. According to Econet, TelOne is in arrears to the tune of more than $60m. The company says that with two thirds of its base stations running on diesel generators due to the inconsistency of electricity supply, it may have to cut off competitors that fail to pay the necessary fees if it is to offer its users consistent network connectivity. Source: New Zimbabwe

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