Watchdog seeks bigger Telkom fine

South Africa's competition watchdog is seeking to increase a R444.5m fine against Telkom for uncompetitive behaviour.

The Competition Tribunal fined Telkom R449m in August for using its dominant position to block competition from other network service providers.

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That was well below the R3.5 billion originally sought by the Competition Commission in its nearly decade-old complaint against Telkom.

The fixed-line operator is expected to file its appeal against the tribunal's decision next week.

Telkom had said a R3.5bn fine would be “catastrophic” and jeopardise its business. - Reuters