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Mozambique monitors spectrum; tie ups between African regulators

Mozambique’s communications regulator, Instituto Nacional das Comunicações de Moçambique (INCM), has installed its radio spectrum management and monitoring system (SIGMER) in a fourth province, almost a year after it announced plans for a nationwide rollout of the system, reports IT Web Africa. “SIGMER consists of a fixed antenna and a mobile station. It is intended to manage radio spectrum, combat abuse as well as detect illegal and prohibited communications and equipment. Mozambique’s roll out of SIGMER comes weeks after Kezias Mwale, radio communications coordinator for the Africa Telecommunications Union (ATU) lamented poor use of the spectrum available to Africa for IMT wireless systems.” Mwale said: “In most countries, the underpinning reason is (the) lack of an optimum enabling environment for more robust investment by the operators. You understand that enabling environment is complex: taxation issues, capital markets, legal and regulatory, social-economic developmental levels, demographics for example literacy levels etc.” Speaking at a radio communications seminar in Senegal, he urged regulators to carry out their duties as if they were a “for-profit-business” in terms of strategy formulation, tactical approaches and overall operational efficiencies and effectiveness. Meanwhile the Democratic Republic of Congo's telecoms regulator, Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunication du Congo (ARPTC), and its counterpart in neighbouring Rwanda, the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on cross-border telecoms matters. Similar issues among regulators in the East African Communication Organizations (EACO) are coordinated through the East African Community (EAC) which is a regional organisation of national ICT regulators from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Rwanda. The MoU between RURA and ARPTC comes only weeks after the South African and Mozambican telecoms regulators reached a similar agreement. And Malawi and Zambia through the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) and the Malawi Communications and Regulatory Authority (Macra) have also committed to a MoU to address issues of cross-border spill-over of telecoms and broadcasting frequencies, among other matters. Read more and here

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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