JOHANNESBURG, June 11 (Reuters) - South Africa's telecoms
regulator said on Friday the ongoing negotiations with two
companies over litigation related to the government's proposed
spectrum auction will be resolved by the end of August.
"We should be in a good position to yield an amicable
settlement agreement by no later than end of August 2021," said
Keabetswe Modimoeng, chairman of the Independent Communications
Authority of South Africa (ICASA), in a release.
Two of the top three telecom companies in South Africa - MTN
Group Ltd and partly state-owned Telkom - had
dragged the ICASA to court in two separate cases claiming the
process to auction high-demand spectrum in the country was
disadvantageous to them.
As a result, the court halted the auction process that was
due to be completed in March 2021.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called the auction of
spectrum, which had been delayed for over a decade, a major
element of economic reform in the country.
On Thursday, he asked all parties involved to mediate on the
issue and find a quick solution.
ICASA has been involved in discussions with the parties
since March. It said that when a settlement is reached, it will
need a few more weeks to announce a new date for the auction
process to restart.
(Reporting by Promit Mukherjee in Johannesburg
Editing by Matthew Lewis)