Telkom launched a legal challenge against ICASA’s spectrum auction process at the end of last year, saying that if it goes ahead as planned the regulator will mess up South Africa’s telecommunications industry for 20 years.
Most recently, Telkom warned that mobile data prices in South Africa will remain high if the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) does not make changes to the spectrum auction.
Telkom’s two major complaints are as follows:
- Several important spectrum bands in the 700MHz and 800MHz regions are not commercially viable as they are still in use by broadcasters. Telkom wants assurances from the High Court that government will be forced to migrate broadcasters out of those bands, as it will have no incentive to do so once it has the money from the auction in its pocket.
- ICASA went ahead with its Invitation to Apply for the high-demand spectrum without first finishing its Mobile Broadband Service Market Inquiry. Telkom contends that this is unlawful and irrational. The root of this argument is that Telkom does not believe ICASA is doing enough to break the dominance of Vodacom and MTN in the market.
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