Half a Million Rwandans Face Cell Phone Disconnection this Week
Published on: 5th Apr 2011
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The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has cancelled the mobile network operating license held by Rwandatel for allegedly failing to meet its license conditions.
The network is to be shut-down on Friday April 8, 2011 at midnight, affecting over half a million customers.
The company was given until this Friday to close its network so that customers could use up outstanding credits on their prepay accounts.
The telecom company is partially owned by Libyan investment group - LAP Green - with an 80% stake and the Social Security Fund of Rwanda (SSFR) which has 20 percent. It will continue operating fixed lines, which are mainly used in offices.
The move is not related to UN sanctions on Libyan assets held overseas.
Rwandatel has over 535,710 subscribers, putting it third behind MTN Rwanda with 2.3 million and Tigo Rwanda with 685,000 users.
The company switched from an older CDMA network to a Huawei supplied GSM network in December 2008.