091010 Telkom is before the Competiton Tribunal on Monday - fighting against the Internet Solutions charges that were referred by the competition commission last year .photo by Simphiwe Mbokazi 7

South African fixed-line operator Telkom SA said on Thursday it would appeal a $55 million regulatory fine imposed for using its dominant market position to stifle potential competitors.

South Africa's competition regulator this month slapped Telkom with a lighter-than-expected fine of 449 million rand ($55 million) over a longstanding complaint it blocked competition from other network service providers.

Telkom said in a statement it had filed notice that it would appeal the ruling. It will have 40 days to file the appeal, it said. - Reuters