Mauritius Telecom, ICTA ordered to pay Emtel following unfair competition ruling

17 August 2017

Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

The Supreme Court of Mauritius has this week issued a ruling in favour of mobile network operator (MNO) Emtel in a case dating back 20 years, Agence Ecofin reports. Emtel had previously accused Mauritius Telecom of unfair competition, while arguing that the Information & Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) had failed to act against the incumbent telecoms company.

Emtel was awarded an exclusive GSM contract from 1 January 1989 to 31 December 1995, while in March 1996 Mauritius Telecom launched mobile activities via its subsidiary Cellplus Mobiles Communications, despite not being granted a licence to offer such services until 5 September 1996.

With the judge ruling that Emtel had suffered in the period where Mauritius Telecom was offering mobile services without a licence, it was also determined that the ICTA had failed to intervene in the matter. As a result, Emtel will receive MUR554 million (USD16.2 million) of the MUR1 billion it had been seeking from the two parties concerned.

Source: Telegeography