MTN in legal dispute with Telfree

MTN has received an interim order granted in favour of voice and bulk sms carrier, Telfree, after the operator denied it access to its network.

The Telfree Group is a privately-owned group of companies headquartered in Switzerland, with operations in South Africa, Switzerland, Austria and the UK  providing value-added communication services of the next generation.

A spokesperson for MTN said that the North Gauteng High Court had handed down an interim order for MTN to restore its services for Telfree, last week.

Telfree CEO Walter Betschel told ITWeb that MTN and Telfree could not reach an interconnect agreement that would settle the charge to Telfree when it sent SMSes to people who were MTN subscribers.

MTN said it would not elaborate on the charges noting that it did not wish to conduct its defence through the media.

“MTN can confirm that it has received an Interim Order granted in favour of Telfree. As this is an Interim Order, MTN has not had the opportunity to respond to the allegations raised by Telfree and will only be able to do so on the return date, being 17 April 2013.

“As this matter is before court it is sub judice but MTN is confident that it has taken whatever steps within the parameters of applicable laws.

“Furthermore, MTN would not to conduct its defence through the media but through the necessary court processes. As a result, MTN will not comment further on this matter,” said  Fusi Mokoena, general manager: Commercial Legal – At MTN SA.

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