ZIMBABWE’S TELONE WELSHES ON TOLL FREE NUMBER DEAL

Telecoms

Zimbabwean state-controlled fixed telephone operator TelOne has failed to honour a May 2000 agreement signed by its predecessor, the Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (PTC), to allow local firm VASCor to operate a national toll free telephone service, it was learnt this week. VASCor is a telecommunications company created in 2000 to provide toll free telephone facilities, voicemail and other services. After the firm signed the toll free service agreement with the PTC, it proceeded to import and install equipment, but was turned away when it approached TelOne ‹ created after the unbundling of the PTC last year ‹ for connection last October. Sources close to the dispute said TelOne refused to honour the 2000 agreement even though it contained a successor clause stating that after the unbundling of PTC into three business units, TelOne had to implement the deal. Ned Nedziwe, theVASCor chief executive, said TelOne had refused to honour the agreement for what he called "unacceptable reasons", which he declined to disclose.

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