Mauritius Telecom, ICTA appeal Supreme Court payment order

4 Sep 2017

Incumbent telco Mauritius Telecom and the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) have filed an appeal to the Registry of the Supreme Court in the case relating to their owing mobile network operator (MNO) Emtel MUR554 million (USD16.2 million) in damages, reports L’Express. ICTA lawyers claim that the regulator cannot be condemned for inaction and gross negligence in regulating the ICT and telecom market as no legal basis or evidence had been presented to the court. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the case dates back 20 years and Mauritius Telecom is accused of unfair competition after allegedly launching its mobile operations five months prior to the date set out in its licence agreement with the ICTA. The ICTA has been accused of negligence for failing to intervene in the matter. Both accused parties believe the court’s decision is ‘excessive, unreasonable and unjustified’.