SPTC to be stripped of regulatory powers?

26 Jun 2013

The Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) is likely to see its power to regulate the country’s telecoms sector stripped, following the passing of the long-awaited Communications Commission Act. The Times of Swaziland indicates that the SPTC’s regulatory functions will pass to the Swaziland Communications Commission (SCC) when the law comes into full force. The SPTC’s incongruous dual-role as service provider and regulator has often led to a conflict of interest over the years, with the company regularly putting its own economic interests ahead of all else. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the largely outmoded Swaziland Post and Telecommunication Corporation Act of 1983 (Act No. 11 of 1983) remains the defining piece of legislation for the Swazi telecoms sector.