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No, Telkom, you can’t just build your masts where you please

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The Constitutional Court tells Telkom it cannot circumvent municipal bylaws when erecting its masts – a ruling with serious repercussions for service providers countrywide.


26 Jun 2020
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No, Telkom, you can’t just build your masts where you please

A cellphone mast in Edenglen, Edenvale on 25 June 2020. Picture: Neil McCartney

The Constitutional Court has shot down a bid by Telkom to have the final say on where it erects its cellphone masts. It must comply with municipal laws. The ruling could have far-reaching implications for telecommunications and network providers because it means municipal laws trump those in communications legislation. This marks the end of a nearly five-year battle between the state communications provider and the City of Cape Town, with the former claiming special game status to try and circumvent municipal bylaws that bar it from building on residentially zoned land. The case dates back to 2015, when Telkom identified...

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