11 June 2021
Pretoria – The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA/the Authority) hereby wishes to advise the public and stakeholders that the ongoing settlement negotiations on spectrum litigation are unfolding, well and with a very encouraging outlook. All active litigants have since responded with their various positions on the matters, and there is an ongoing exchange of constructive engagements between the parties.
As part of the settlement discussions, the Authority is consolidating submissions with active litigants, and will outline a way forward in due course.
In March 2021, the Authority issued communication in respect of its position on mediation and the considerations related to possible settlement discussions with active litigants. The considerations were informed by, amongst others, counsel’s advice to embark on an expeditious settlement negotiation process that would result in a binding outcome capable of being made an Order of Court. The option and decision to enter into settlement negotiations has now proven to be effective as well as efficient, and afforded litigants the latitude to express themselves, thereby engaging thoroughly on the matters at hand.
The Chairperson of ICASA, Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng has expressed his confidence in the way parties have been able to engage with the Authority, and for showing interest, as well as optimism, in resolving the current challenges relating to the licensing of radio frequency spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT).