Communications regulator Icasa will pursue a legal appeal against a high court judgment that slammed the brakes on the spectrum auction. But has also said it is open to an out-of-court agreement.
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Communications regulator Icasa on Tuesday confirmed that Monday’s court judgment in favour of Telkom means the spectrum auction cannot proceed later this month. The agency is now preparing for a legal battle.
Telkom and e.tv have secured an interdict against Icasa, preventing the spectrum auction planned for later this month from taking place until the merits of their case can be heard by the high court.
E.tv parent eMedia Investments has filed an application to join Telkom’s lawsuit seeking an urgent interim interdict preventing communications regulator Icasa from proceeding with the spectrum auction.
Six telecommunications companies have responded to the invitation to apply for access to radio frequency spectrum bands suitable for mobile broadband roll-out, with no real surprises among the names.
Communications regulator Icasa is putting the cart before the horse in forging ahead with plans to licence access to new spectrum bands before it has concluded an inquiry into the mobile broadband services market.
Telkom dropped a bombshell on South Africa’s telecommunications industry this week when it said it was approaching the Competition Tribunal to object to Vodacom’s roaming agreements with Rain. But why?
Telkom has approached the Competition Tribunal, seeking to have the spectrum arrangements between Vodacom and Rain declared a merger and therefore notifiable in terms of the Competition Act.