No winners in Icasa, Easttel battle: director

Easstel director Mark Gray says that there were no winners in the legal battle between the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and Easttel.

Icasa took down the Easttel network on 8 May 2013 for alleged unpaid license fees. Easttel obtained an urgent court interdict on the same day, and restored network services soon afterwards.

The legal battle between the parties have now been settled.

“A settlement was reached between the parties on 20 August 2013, which the parties have agreed to keep confidential,” Easttel said in a statement.

No winners: Easttel director

“There were no winners, nor should any party attempt to gloat over positioning in this matter,” said Gray.

“All that matters is that it is business as usual, and we as a business can continue providing services – thereby ensuring that the real winners are our customers.”

Gray added that people should not forget that Icasa “is our regulator and have a tough job to do”.

“We would not have been in a position to have had the outcome yesterday, if there had not have been the will from Icasa and our legal team to bring this to closure,” said Gray.

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