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Zim's Econet forced to reconnect NetOne

By: Craig Wilson | 27 Aug 2012 11:09
TechCentral wraps up the major technology news from around the African continent.
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.

...Tanzanians love SMS

On-net voice calls in Tanzania fell by 2,6% in the first quarter of 2012 when compared to the last quarter of 2011, while SMS usage doubled. This is according to data released earlier this month by the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority.

...Taxes hamper Kenya's ICT sector

Software maker Craft Silicon says that Kenya's tax system is scaring away potential information and communications technology (ICT) investors. The company is looking to set up operations in Singapore as a result because the Asian nation offers a far more conducive regulatory environment for its business.

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