Swaziland's SPTC Shuts Down Remaining Wireless Network


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.