MTN fails to halt regulator SPTC from entering mobile market

27 Apr 2011

According to Bloomberg, MTN Swaziland has lost its legal challenge to prevent the country’s telecoms regulator Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) from offering mobile phone services in the country. High Court Judge Bheki Maphalala declared that there is not a conflict of interest in the SPTC entering the wireless market as it is no longer a shareholder in MTN Swaziland, having recently transferred its 41% shareholding in MTN Swaziland to the Ministry of Finance. Further, Maphalala indicated that the SPTC has shed its regulatory responsibilities, handing them over to the government’s Ministry of Communications with immediate effect. MTN Swaziland spokesman Mpumelelo Makhubu told Bloomberg: ‘We are dissatisfied with the judgment both in facts and in law. We are going through it and will consider options thereafter’. TeleGeography notes that MTN Swaziland is currently the only mobile phone operator in the southern African nation.

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