With the Telecel license issue now sorted, Zimbabweans are now waiting for the two week interconnection blackout between the company and Econet to end. We have been testing ourselves since yesterday if calls from either network are going through to the other. We have only had success calling Telecel numbers from an Econet sim card since yesterday afternoon. This points to the fact that just Telecel for now has opened up its network.
Telecel opening up? Yes. Interconnection is a two way game and both sides need to open up their network to receive calls from the other. When Econet terminated interconnection with Telecel exactly two weeks ago, Telecel followed suit and disconnected them too.
But people failing to call Econet numbers may mean we are back to the traffic throttling squabble that started all this. We contacted Econet for an official position on the matter and so far they haven’t responded. So it’s all just speculation at this stage; maybe they are waiting for official communication from POTRAZ, or the government, or maybe a ‘request to be reconnected’ letter from Telecel, who knows!