Swaziland's SPTC Shuts Down Remaining Wireless Network
Published on: 31st Jan 2014
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After years of legal disputes, the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) has finally shut down its wireless network.
The company was ordered to close its mobile service after it lost the last leg in a legal battle with MTN which holds a monopoly over the provision of mobile services in the country.
SPTC had previously been ordered to terminate a mobile network it had set up, and the latest shut-down affected its fixed wireless services.
SPTC is owned by the government, and is also a shareholder in MTN's local subsidiary.
Last November, SPTC was stripped of its powers as the national regulator as the government seeks to tidy up the structures of the telecoms market.