Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said she taken note of the court’s decision to set aside network operator Telkom’s application over the release of additional spectrum
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has accused Telkom of deliberately working to stall the upcoming auction of spectrum after it filed more legal papers in the high court this week, citing flaws in the process.
In a statement the Communications and Digital Technologies said the decision by Telkom does not allow Ntshavheni an opportunity to resolve whatever concerns Telkom may have with the current invitation to apply.
“The Minister reiterates that the conclusion of a process to release the IMT spectrum by 31 March 2022 is important for the country to reap the benefits of the digital dividend in the country’s quest for post COVID-19 pandemic economic recovery, job creation and transforming SA into a digital economy.”
The department said Ntshavheni is engaging with Telkom and all relevant parties to reach an out of court settlement and avoid further delays in the release of spectrum.