Telecel is Pollution, says Econet as it threatens to close down on its Ecocash Agents registering with Telecash
Another war might be brewing as Telecomms giant Ecoent insinuated that Telecel is Pollution, in a circular sent to ALL its Ecocash agents who have been registered by its rival Telecel . The dealers have been threatened with closure, in a text message to all its agents seen by iHarare, Econet Wireless advised that, “Please note that the business will be closing all agent lines that have been polluted by our competitor starting Monday. The two can not mix.”
Econet added that those registered as its agents are not allowed to do other mobile business: “If you are our agent you are not allowed to do other mobile money businesses,” concluded the text message.
The crusade by the country’s largest telecommunication gladitors – Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and Telecel – to defend their turf, convert new subscribers and grow their market has spawned an ugly tiff as the two giants continue to cross swords almost at every forum.
Telecel is the country’s second biggest mobile operator, boasting of more than 2,6 million subscribers, and is presently trying to wrest more subscribers from Econet, which currently has more than 8,6 million customers.
The rift between Econet and Telecel escalated last year 2013 when the former disconnected the latter from its network, claiming the operator was not registered, it seems there have always been simmering tensions between the two entities, principally emanating from some of the founders – Mr Strive Masiyiwa and Mr James Makamba.
Before the official Econet-Telecel disconnection last year, the latter made a complaint to Potraz to the effect that it had recorded a major decline from 90 percent success rates to low levels of about 40 percent just in one week in July as result of the throttling tactics by Econet. Telecel subscribers were essentially failing to get through to Econet lines.