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Hundreds of SA licencees not paying ICASA fees

Non-compliant licencees are costing the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) millions of rands.

A report in the Mail & Guardian quoted ICASA councillor Joseph Lebooa, who has previously claimed to be the victim of an attack from Wireless Business Solutions (WBS), who said there were hundreds of non-compliant licencees.

Lebooa said: “There are in excess of 700 service licencees who are non-compliant in terms of their licence fees and their Usaf [universal service and access fund] contributions.”

Derek Hershaw, Chief Executive of Internet service provider MWeb, told HumanIPO they were up to date with their fees, but declined to comment on the ICASA debacle further.

An official from a second telecommunications company, who asked not to be named, told HumanIPO each company was not privy to the fees being paid by others, but would find it “very interesting” to find out.

They added they were happy with the service they were being provided by ICASA for the money that they pay each year.

As well as licence fee disputes, Lebooa told the Mail & Guardian there were thousands of spectrum debtors and the cases had yet to be properly audited.

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