Tue. Jan 21st, 2020

ICASA notes media reports relating to various purported transactions pertaining to Cell C

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA/the
Authority) has noted various media reports about Cell C’s current financial
difficulties. The Authority has also noted reports of purported acquisition of Cell C as
well as roaming arrangements and facilities sharing pertaining to Cell C.
ICASA appreciates and welcomes the efforts and measures being taken to ensure the
continued existence of Cell C. This is primarily because ICASA believes that the
failure of Cell C would have adverse effects on the stability of South Africa’s
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, and undermine the public
policy objectives of ensuring that the South African public has access to a wide range
of communications services at affordable prices.
Notwithstanding the various media reports, ICASA is yet to be notified of any
transactions by any of the licensees. In this regard, ICASA would like to caution all
parties to ensure that the necessary regulatory compliance requirements pertaining
to purported transactions are adequately fulfilled.

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