South Africa - Cwele asks court to block spectrum auction

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Minister Siyabonga Cwele asked the High Court to interdict, review and set aside ICASA's spectrum licensing process.

The minister of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), Siyabonga Cwele, has filed papers in the Pretoria High Court in an attempt to stop the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (ICASA's) plans to hold a spectrum auction for telecoms operators.

On Monday, the minister filed the motion to "interdict and thereafter review and set aside the purported licensing process initiated by [ICASA]", according to a copy of the affidavit of acting DTPS director general, Sipho Mjwara, filed on behalf of the minister, that ITWeb has in its possession.

The court papers list the regulator's acting chairperson and ICASA as the first two respondents, along with Vodacom, MTN, Neotel, Telkom and Cell C as respondents three to seven. Read the full story here:
Source: IT Web 10 August 2016