Malawi Finally Cancels G-Mobile Operating License
Published on: 5th May 2013
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Malawi's telecoms regulator has won the final stage in cancelling the mobile operator license it had awarded to G Mobile.
The company was granted a license in April 2009, and was due to have launched its network within a year. The license was finally cancelled in September 2010 following several deadline extensions, but the company appealed to the courts.
The High Court upheld the appeal, but this has now been overturned by the Supreme Court.
The company had tried to argue that it was denied the right to economic activity by the regulator, but the court found that the regulator had not breached the law in cancelling the license following repeated failures to launch the mobile network.
In a fairly blunt comment, the court said that "The right to economic activity is available to honest and serious entrepreneurs not the likes of the respondent."
The country has two active mobile networks, Zain and Telecom Networks Malawi.