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Swaziland's SPTC Starts Shutting Down Wireless Services

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The Swaziland landline operator, SPTC has started shutting down its fixed wireless services after losing a legal battle with the country's monopoly mobile network, MTN over the service.

The company started disconnecting its Fixedfone and data services this week to comply with an order from the International Court of Arbitration.

In a statement, the company said that "During the intervening period Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation will use its best endeavours to engage the stakeholders of Swazi MTN in order to negotiate a lasting settlement arrangement in the best interests of the industry in Swaziland,"

South Africa's MTN set up a mobile network in Swaziland in 1998, which is actually a joint-venture with SPTC and was granted a monopoly on mobile services. When SPTC started its own mobile service last year, MTN took the matter to court and after a series of disputes, won the case.

There are moves to try and break up how the joint-venture is organised so that MTN can compete in the landline and international calling market, while opening up mobile services to competition.

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