Namibia to refresh frequency bands every four years

Namibia to refresh frequency bands every four years

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has announced it will review its frequency band every four years, a move to be in line with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) guidelines, which promote cross border interoperability and support for new technologies.

CRAN chief executive Emilia Nghikembua said: “Cran will review the frequency band plan every four years at least . . . and amend frequency band allocations and regulations as required, following due regulatory process”, the Namibian reported.

“CRAN has developed a spectrum assignment strategy setting out objectives for spectrum management and providing clarity in respect of the authority's approach to the control, planning, management, administration and licensing of radio frequency spectrum.”

Nghikembua detailed that spectrum licenses will have to be migrated to new frequencies due to the plans, there will be no blanket decision and that each migration will be addressed on a case to case basis.

The chief executive also added it is “crucial” for systems and networks to be interoperable across borders, hence the alignment with ITU standards.

“CRAN deems it prudent to keep abreast of the latest regulatory trends and technology developments to ensure the efficient use of the spectrum as a limited resource, taking into account the spectrum is the basis for development of the ICT sector”, said Nghikembua.

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