Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) pounces on Arcelor Mittal for Illegal use of Radio Frequency Spectrum
2 Dec 2011
The Pretoria Regional Office of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has pounced on Arcellor Mittal South Africa in Pretoria West for illegal use of the radio frequency spectrum.
The Authority initiated an investigation into the company about three weeks ago and an inspection on 24 November 2011. During the inspection, the company failed to produce licences for the radio equipment (repeaters, simplexes and telemetry systems; and mobile hand-held radios) that are currently being used.
The company was given seven days written notice to pay an estimated R2 million in licence fees for using the spectrum without authorisation, and the notice expired on 1 December 2011.
In executing a warrant issued by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, the Authority seized 5 repeaters and 6 mobile hand-held radios at the company’s Pretoria West office and will continue to visit other offices of the company in other parts of the country for continued seizure.
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Issued by: Independent Communications Authority of South Africa
2 Dec 2011
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