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Telecel, Econet War Over

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HARARE -The bitter inter-connectivity war between Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operators – Econet Wireless and Telecel – seems over after the intervention of the Posts and Telecommuncations Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).
Econet switched off interconnectivity arrangements between its subscribers and those of Telecel after accusing the later of not being properly registered with POTRAZ.   Earlier in the week, the regulatory authority announced that Telecel – Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile operator – had finally brought its house in order by paying the required licensing fees.  It, however, still had to meet part of its indigenization obligation.
Econet had vowed that it would not allow Telecel subscribers to connect with its own as long as the operator did not meet POTRAZ regulations.   Yesterday, however, Telecel subscribers heaved a sigh of relief as they finally managed to connect and talk to subscribers on both Econet and NetOne lines.
Telecel, meanwhile, has immediately launched an aggressive marketing campaign.   According to the operator, its prepaid customers can now spend up to 90 minutes a day talking to family and friends on the Telecel network for just 50 cents per day, if they opt to take advantage of Telecel’s Super Voice Bundles promotion.
Those who really like chatting can opt for a one dollar-a-day voice bundle, which allows them to talk to other Telecel subscribers for up to 200 minutes every day.
The cost of the bundle is deducted from the subscriber’s main airtime balance. The bundle is valid for 24 hours, after which a further 50 cents or one dollar, depending on the bundle selected, is automatically deducted from the airtime balance, unless the subscriber has opted out of the promotion.
To opt out of the promotion the subscriber follows the same procedure of dialing *146# but then selects the unsubscribe option. The bundles can be used to call any Telecel number at any time of the day or night, even during peak calling periods.
The Super Voice Bundles promotion is the latest of a number of promotions and packages that Telecel has introduced in the course of the year to offer subscribers best value for money.
“Like all our promotions, the Super Voice Bundles promotion is intended to ensure that our customers can connect with one another affordably on our quality network,” Telecel Chief Commercial Officer Ashraf El Guindysaid.
“Despite challenges, Telecel remains resolutely focused on ensuring that our subscribers continue to be offered good value for their hard-earned money.
“This promotion is, in many ways, an expression of our appreciation for the continued support that our subscribers continue to give our business, products and services.” He said the Super Voice Bundles offered unrivalled value.
“The value being offered by the Super Voice Bundles is unequalled on the market. The bundles, which offer as much as 200 minutes for a single dollar, give our subscribers real value for their money.”

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