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Johannesburg - The Telecommunications Ministry filed a suit to block the sale of more than $1bn of wireless spectrum by the industry regulator, potentially depriving mobile carriers in the country of much-needed capacity to increase high-speed broadband service.

The application, filed on Monday by the Telecommunications and Postal Services Department, names the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, the regulator, and mobile carriers MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C as respondents, documents seen by Bloomberg News show.

They have until August 26 to show why the order shouldn’t be granted by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

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