Cellcos win first battle over international calls

7 Nov 2006

Zimbabwe’s High Court has suspended new regulations designed to give state-run fixed line operator TelOne a monopoly on international calls after wireless operators Telecel and Econet Wireless initiated legal action claiming that it would put them out of business. ‘We sought an order that the regulations be suspended,’ Telecel’s lawyer David Drury told local press, referring to a recently passed legislation which was due to come into effect last Wednesday. ‘That order has been granted. What it means is that whether the regulations are valid or not, the regulations will not apply.’ Econet Wireless lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa added that the new regulations breached the Telecommunications Act which authorises Econet and Telecel to operate their own gateways for both incoming and outgoing international traffic.