The Agency for Regulation of Technology and Communication (ARTEC) in Madagascar ordered Telecom Malagasy (Telma) to suspend its 5G services and place all antennas under seal with effect from 20 July, Ecofin reported. ARTEC said Telma overstepped its given boundaries to experiment with the technology.
On 01 July Telma announced the commercial launch of its 5G services, in partnership with Ericsson. The company said Madagascar would be the first African country to benefit from the new generation of mobile connectivity. However, ARTEC pointed out that Telma was not granted authorisation to market 5G services on the Malagasy market, but rather a temporary authorisation to experiment with the technology for one month. The experimentation permit granted to Telma was to be carried out indoors only, but the telecom company extended it outdoors and on several sites without the prior approval of the telecom regulator.
Telma published in the local press a strong statement denying the accusations. The operator said the information “is wrong and therefore reserves the right to prosecute ARTEC for the irresponsible statement.”