On Wednesday, Telekom called on the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to create new “fair and transparent” auction rules for spectrum licensing after the regulatory authority approved a court order in which the previous procedure declared flawed.
The country’s third largest telecommunications company had filed a motion to a court to prevent Icasa from auctioning new 3G, 4G and 5G spectrum licenses, claiming the auction terms were unfair.
The auction has already been delayed for more t a decade, forcing companies to relying on older frequencies to offer their subscribers fast 4G connectivity.
“We urge Icasa, the minister and the entire industry to work together to ensure a real fresh start that is initiated fairly.” and is transparent and will lead to all current deficiencies in the market structure being appropriately remedied, ”said Sipho Maseko, CEO of Telekom.
The regulatory authority’s decision to withdraw from legal disputes over frequency auctions was a confirmation. the process was “terminally flawed,” said Telecom.
MTN said it was reviewing Icasa’s statement.
Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, said that Ministry continues to work with mobile operators and other relevant parties to find an amicable solution.