Telecoms Regulation

Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Bumps Heads With Regulator Over Telco Licence

Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) and the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) are at odds over the decision to issue a class comprehensive Telecoms Service Licence to the municipality of the city of Windhoek.

According to MTC, the licence will allow Windhoek to build and operate a telecoms service network that is similar to that of other telecoms service providers and ultimately result in unfair competition.

MTC also said that for the provision of telecoms services in Windhoek, a licensee would now need to obtain approval from the city to set up telecoms equipment on their land either by erecting telecoms towers or by digging for fibre.

Tim Ekandjo, MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, said that when such authorisation is requested from a competitor, they would have the ability to slow down approvals for their own benefits.

Ekandjo also argued that in terms of the licence, the city of Windhoek would have to lease fibre to other licenced operators for the provision of telecoms services and therefore the CRAN’s decision is anti-competitive, in his opinion.

The company announced that it is considering legal action.

According to local media reports, Paratus Africa is also questioning why Windhoek, a local authority, was awarded the licence, saying that it is not mandated to own, manage or implement telecoms services as far as the Local Government Act is concerned.

CRAN has not yet publicly commented on the matter.

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