LET’S SEE: Acting Chief Executive Officer at SCCOM Lindiwe Malaza and Ozzie Thakatha opening requirement documents for bids by mobile operators in the country. (Pics: Nozipho Sibiya)
‘’I am crossing my fingers that my company gets the licence to operate a cellphone company in my country.
I personally feel our company has done all that is needed to win the licence. As a company we saw an opportunity and felt why not take a chance and see where it takes us. We will live everything in the hands of the people who will do the evaluation and we will accept any result. But yes, we want it like all the other companies that have filed their bids’’.
This was a mouthful from businessman Victor Gamedze after his company Swazi Mobile was unveiled with three others to compete for one spot as a mobile telephone operator that will compete with MTN Swaziland.
Yesterday saw the unveiling of the four companies that submitted their bids for an individual electronic communications network and service licences to provide public telecommunications services in the Kingdom of Swaziland. The four companies were unveiled by Acting Chief Executive Officer at Swaziland Communications Commission Lindiwe Malaza during a press briefing at the SCCOM boardroom.
Making her remarks during the pre-evaluation checklist Malaza said the companies have impressed SCCOM by submitting all the needed requirements before the deadline.
She announced companies that have applied for the permit as Swazi Mobile, Data Net, Viettel Group and Mauritius Telecom Orange.
Malaza stated what was seen yesterday was the submitting stage whereby every company had to submit their requirements to SCCOM.
“The process is in three stages, which is the submitting and pre-evaluation, evaluation and awarding process,” she said.
Malaza said for transparency purposes they roped in the media, the applicants and an auditor from Kobla Quashie.
The check list compromised time of lodging application with the commission, presence of applicants, presence of an independent auditor, acknowledgement letter from SCCOM to applicants, six copies of ITA, one bound original of ITAM Memory Stick or CD Rom containing ITA and attachments and the number of pages of the ITA.
2 Swazi companies try their luck\
TWO Swazi owned companies have applied for the individual electronic communications network and service licences to provide public telecommunications services in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
The two companies are Swazi Mobile directed by businessman Victor Gamedze and Data Net which was represented by Data Net Managing Director Moray Clayton.
Acting SCCOM CEO Lindiwe Malaza said she was impressed that it’s a balanced interest in the sector since it’s a 50/50 application.
“There are two companies from Swaziland and two others from outside the country,” she said. Viettel Group is from Vietnam while Mauritius Telecom Orange obviously originates from Mauritius. She said it was very impressing to see Swazis competing with foreign investors.
“Mauritius Telecom Orange was first to lodge its application at 10.36 am, followed by Swazi Mobile at 12:51, Data Net at 13:10 pm and Viettel Group at 13:30 pm,” she said.
The deadline was exactly 2pm yesterday.
ONLY one company will be awarded licence
Acting SCCOM CEO Lindiwe Malaza said for now the will only give one company to run an individual electronic network and service in the country.
“We are technological neutral on the service the company will offer to us.
We are not going to order the company on any specific channel but we only want a product that is up to standard and service that will make the Swazi person happy,” she said.
Malaza said in as much as they would be happy for a Swazi owned company to win the licence they will award the tender according to merit not patriotism.
“We will not give Swazi owned companies priority but will award to a deserving company that will have a high overall mark after the evaluation and selection processes,” she added.
She said SCCOM would not commit itself to a certain time frame but they will work around the clock to finish as soon as possible.
“It will be an extensive process working through these documents since each document will be scrutinised extensively, however as soon as we are done going through the many documents, individuals who have applied will be engaged and the results will be made available to the public through the local media,” she said.