Telecommunications in the Kingdom of Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small, land-locked absolute monarchy, lying between the republics of South Africa and Mozambique. Its principal telecommunications operator is a wireless service provider owned jointly by the MTN Group, the government and the royal household. It competes with SPTC, the...

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Published in: Communicatio Vol. 40; no. 4; pp. 376 - 399
Main Author: Sutherland, Ewan
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: South Africa Routledge 10-02-2014
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Summary: The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small, land-locked absolute monarchy, lying between the republics of South Africa and Mozambique. Its principal telecommunications operator is a wireless service provider owned jointly by the MTN Group, the government and the royal household. It competes with SPTC, the state-owned fixed operator. Together with the royal household, Swazi MTN has blocked SPTC from offering cellular and even fixed wireless services. While there is now a regulator, the system of governance is subject to the whims and financial interests of the sovereign, with little regard for the needs of his subjects or for the economic growth of Swaziland.
ISSN: 0250-0167
1753-5379
DOI: 10.1080/02500167.2014.974639