Ericsson has expressed its satisfaction with the Gauteng North High Court's decision to reject an application by Maredi Telecom for an interdict prohibiting Telkom from proceeding with the implementation of a contract awarded to it for the provision of point-to-point split mount radio equipment.
The interdict was to have operated pending a review application, which Maredi, which unsuccessfully bid for the contract, threatened to launch in respect of the award of the contract.
“We are, obviously, delighted with the court’s findings,” says Jonas Stringberg, acting director Ericsson market unit sub-Saharan Africa (MUSA). “It is a great relief that it is now over and we look forward to continuing to support Telkom in every way we can.”
Ericsson, Stringberg adds, has been in business with Telkom for over 25 years and he is quick to point out that this incident has not adversely affected the relationship between the two organisations.
“We will continue to serve Telkom as we have done in the past, especially as the organisation prepares its infrastructure for 2010,” he says. “In fact, we have, of course, continued to support our other, ongoing contracts with Telkom throughout this court case.”
He says the company is keen to put the matter behind it and has reiterated its commitment to South Africa’s mobile future.
“We are particularly excited about the opportunity to showcase our technological prowess during the 2010 World Cup through our ongoing work with partners such as Telkom and our global multimedia agreement with FIFA,” Stringberg says.