The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies says it will approach Telkom regarding its legal challenge to try and halt the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) auctioning of the spectrum.

Telkom approached the courts complaining about some aspects of the process.

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says she will engage with Telkom and all relevant parties with the aim of reaching an out-of-court settlement in order to avoid further delays in the release of spectrum.

This follows Telkom’s legal action against ICASA’s Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Spectrum, Ntshavheni says the conclusion of a process to release the IMT spectrum by March 31, 2022, is important for the country to reap the benefits of the digital dividend and transforming SA into a digital economy.

Concerns over court actions against auction of spectrum allocation: