The local mobile VAS company which, last month threatened to sue Telecel over what it said was stolen VAS concept, has just done so. A report in the Herald today says Mobile Connexion has filed a lawsuit in the High Court against Telecel.
The lawsuit is an escalation of the matter by Mobile Connexion after Telecel refused to yield to a demand for $340,000 settlement for using a concept they had ‘stolen’.
The concept in question is the Mega Promo service that Telecel launched in September and is currently still running. Mobile Connexion claims that the concept, including the name, were stolen from them by Telecel. According to Mobile Connexion, they introduced the concept to Telecel via a proposal in a view to have the mobile operator run the service with them. Mobile Connexion also claims that Telecel agreed to the proposal.
In the lawsuit Peterson Tengende, the Mobile Connexion CEO, and Trumbelt Computers (Pvt) Limited (Mobile Connexion is the trading name) are the first and second plaintiff respectively. In addition to the $340,000, Mobile Connexion is also seeking to have the Mega Promo promotion stopped.
For its part Telecel claims that their parent company already had the concept running in other markets and that it’s a generic one that many mobile operators have already implemented.
While such disputes between mobile operators and VAS companies are not uncommon, Mobile Connexion is one of the few companies that has proceeded to take a mobile operator to court over the matter. The case is bound to provide precedent to such disputes in future.