Government’s plan to create a wholesale open-access network “will serve no useful purpose” and could, in fact, harm consumers – the exact opposite of what it’s meant to achieve, the Free Market Foundation said.
The communications regulator on Wednesday welcomed the supreme court of appeal’s decision not to grant Telkom leave to appeal in its legal battle with Vodacom over the use of access to its ducts.
MTN is tops among South African customers, while Rain is stone last – and by some distance – according to new research gauging the sentiment of consumers towards local telecommunications operators.
The supreme court of appeal has refused to entertain an application from Telkom seeking leave to appeal a high court judgment that handed victory to rival Vodacom over the use of Telkom’s ducts used to carry broadband cables.
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.
High court Judge Selby Baqwa halted the radio frequency spectrum auction planned this month by communications regulator Icasa because he deemed the process unlawful and irrational.
Wholesale revenue at MTN South Africa declined by 16.4% in the 2020 financial year after the discontinuation of the company’s roaming supply agreement with Telkom.
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.