South Africa: Big fight over the “I” in ICASA

3 May 2019

Telecoms

The City Press has reported that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams are “at war”.

According to the report, the minister is being accused of “meddling in the independent authority’s work and withholding their funding by refusing to approve its annual performance plan (APP)”.

Citing a letter which ICASA sent to the minister, the report states that the regulator is threatening legal action unless her department pays R450 million by 11:00 tomorrow.

Unless ICASA receives this money, it will not be able to meet its financial commitments – like paying salaries and service providers.

The minister is allegedly holding ICASA to ransom by demanding that it changes its performance plan and remove all references to 4G spectrum and 5G.

The reason, the City Press said, is that Ndabeni-Abrahams wants to save the announcement of 5G cellular networks in the local market and the sale of new spectrum for her own election promises.

Neither ICASA nor the communications minister commented on the allegation by City Press. Read the full article on My Broadband here.
Source: My Broadband