GAIN awarded injunction against USD6.9m fine

26 Jul 2010

Malawi’s third licensed mobile operator Global Advanced Integrated Networks (GAIN), which intends to provide services under the G-Mobile banner, has received an injunction against a USD6.9 million fine issued by telecoms regulator Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) for failing to deploy its wireless network. Local newspaper Sunday Times reports that GAIN was given 30 days to pay the fine, which was issued on 20 May 2010. However, the cellco took the matter to the High Court in Mzuzu and gained an injunction against MACRA’s fine until a judicial review could be carried out. On 12 July Justice Lovemore Chikopa upheld the injunction and set 23 August 2010 as the date for the matter to be heard in court, with parties given until 9 August to exchange all the relevant documentation.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, GAIN was awarded Malawi’s third mobile licence in July 2008. The cellco received an extension to its network rollout deadline in March 2010, after the company admitted in late 2009 that it would not be able to meet the original condition of its licence to rollout by 31 December 2009. After the operator failed to meet the new deadline of 12 April 2010, local press reported that MACRA had started the process to revoke GAIN’s concession.

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