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NATCOM Drags DSTV To Court


NATCOM Drags DSTV To Court

A spokesman for NATCOM (National Telecommunications Commission) has confirmed to the Global Times that, the Commission has instructed Lawyer J.B. Jenkins-Johnston to commence legal action against Transnational (SL) Limited for refusing to comply with their order.

On 10th June this year, the Commission imposed a Le250m (Two hundred and fifty million Leones) fine on Transnational (SL) Limited for currency manipulation and for increasing their tariffs without consulting them (NATCOM).

The Commission gave Transnational seven working days to pay the fine or face legal action. Transnational has refused to pay the fine, according to NATCOM sources.

It is understood that, the Management of Transnational made no efforts to get this issue resolved amicably.

A NATCOM spokesman said last night that, they will be asking the court to impose a severe penalty on Transnational for violating an Act of Parliament.  “We cannot allow this arrogance of Transnational to continue…We are determined to put an end to such lawlessness in this country”, a NATCOM Commissioner said.

Transnational is the sole operators of DSTV services in Sierra Leone.

Meanwhile, two companies have applied to NATCOM for spectrum allocation to offer a similar service at a reduced cost.

A spokesman for Transnational told the Global Times last night that he was not aware of any legal action being taken against his company by the telecommunications regulators, NATCOM.

Investigations continue.

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