Cell­phone firms, min­is­ter clash

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS -

LEG­IS­LA­TORS have sum­moned cell­phone net­work op­er­a­tors and the reg­u­la­tor, the Postal and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity of Zim­babwe (Po­traz) over the an­nounce­ment and with­drawal of data price hikes. Po­traz and the three op­er­a­tors – Econet Wire­less, NetOne and Tele­cel Zim­babwe – will ap­pear be­fore par­lia­ment on Jan­uary 23. Last week, Supa Mandi­wanzira, min­is­ter in charge of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, was in­volved in a pub­lic spat with op­er­a­tors, par­tic­u­larly Econet, over voice and data tar­iff hikes. This was after all three cell­phone op­er­a­tors in the coun­try said the price hikes were a di­rec­tive from Po­traz, which set the floor prices. Amid the de­ba­cle Mandi­wanzira re­versed the price hikes and sug­gested that a re­fund for users be paid by the op­er­a­tors. – ANA

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