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TELKOM BRINGS THE COUNTRIES ROLL OUT OF 5G TO A HALT.

Telkom has once again filed papers at the High Court in Pretoria seeking an urgent application to prevent Icasa from holding a spectrum auction in March, citing a number of flaws in the auction process.

This will further delay the country’s rollout of 5G and the expansion of 4G capacity. The Department of Communications and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) have accused Telkom of impulsively rushing to the courts before it could consider the operator’s latest grievances.

Communications Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni and the telecoms regulator have blasted Telkom for once again going to court. Yet Telkom is arguing that licencing will prohibit competition.

“The current process severely limits Telkom’s ability to participate in the auction by limiting the number of sequences that Telkom can acquire in the current auction. We are raising this matter with the court because the formalities require us to act urgently, but we’re still willing to talk, despite the fact that we’ve issued court processes.” Said Telkom’s group executive Siyabonga Mahlangu.

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