Zambia fines 5 foreign firms for providing illegal services

Lusaka, March 17, 2017 (TNE): Zambia’s communication and technology regulator on Friday fined five foreign firms and the country’s power utility for illegally offering electronic communication services.

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology said the firms are international data transit operators.

The ministry said that they were fined after investigations revealed that they were illegally offering electronic communication services to Internet Service Providers within the country using the power utility’s infrastructure.

Among the firms are “PCCWL” Global, Telecom Namibia Limited, Wananchi Telecom Limited, West Indian Ocean Cable Company and Gilat Satcom Global Communications, according to a statement released by the regulator.

According to the regulator, it is an offence for any firm or individual to operate an electronic communications network or provide an electronic communications service without obtaining a licence.

The power utility has since been directed to cut access to the same unlicensed international data transit operators.

”It is important to note that companies engaging in such conducts deprive government of the much needed revenue as they do not pay tax since they are not registered entities in Zambia,” the regulator said.

The firms have since been advised to legalise and normalise their operations and follow laid down procedures. (TNE)

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