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SPTC NEEDS AGGRESSIVE APPROACH TO SURVIVE

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MBABANE – For the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation to survive as a company, it needs to adopt an aggressive approach and test laws regulating the industry.


This is the assertion of industry players following Swazi MTN launching its fixed mobile product and services.
The consensus is that if nothing is immediately done to have SPTC become a major industry player, it would most likely be the first telecommunications company in the region under government control to fold. 


The concern is not only shared by SPTC staff as the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Dumisani Ndlangamandla has already instructed the SPTC Board to come up with a strategy on how to keep the company afloat. 


The minister, sharing his concerns, stated that he has already asked the Board what the plan forward was given the current situation before he could proceed to advise Cabinet on what measures to take to capture the situation.


Sentiment


His sentiment is that Swazi MTN has not broken any law.
“The law allows MTN to operate in that space,” said the minister.
While the minister waits for the Board to report back to him, the obvious outcome is that SPTC will be eroded drastically through loss of revenues and the rest is pretty clear.


What MTN has essentially done, is that it has rolled out practically the same but improved services of SPTC Fixed wireless products.
These products were a component of the Next Generation Network and were equipped with internet technology.

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