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3rd Annual Conference on Spectrum Management in Sub-Saharan Countries

Spectrum policy plays a fundamental role in the telecommunications sector in Africa. For that reason, Sub-Saharan countries have decided on an annual conference to discuss policies to put in place for a better spectrum management. This conference is in its third edition. The 3rd annual Sub-Saharan Frequency Spectrum Management Conference will be held in Kenya from March 2017 ,10-9 respectively. This is the third year that Frequency Spectrum stakeholders have come together to discuss frequency issues in sub-Saharan Africa. The…

5G at the Heart of 2018 Mobile World Congress Edition

This year, Mobile World Congress (MWC) will be held in Barcelona, Spain from February 26 to March 1 under the following topic: Creating a Better Future. MWC is the world’s largest annual mobile industry event for business and partnership opportunities in the mobile sector. This event will bring together a large number of exhibitors from various fields and backgrounds such as service quality, licensing, quality assurance, high speed internet and spectral interferences. Several topics will be discussed during this edition…

Somalia is embarking on a process of establishing a regulatory authority

Thanks to the new Law passed on telecommunications since October 2017 ,3 Somalia has taken steps for establishing an agency for the regulation of telecommunications. Somalia is actively establishing a regulatory authority for the telecommunications sector. Indeed, this new Law on telecommunications approved by the Ministry Council, the National Assembly and the Senate last August has come into force. It was promulgated on October 2017 ,2 by the President of Republic. This Law fosters the creation of a regulatory agency.…

Egypt: Wlan band changes and removal of bandwidth restrictions

The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in Egypt has confirmed that the bandwidth restriction has been removed for indoor Wireless LAN frequencies. Consequently, WLAN 802.11ac devices can now be approved and used in Egypt. No further action is needed for already approved products. However, it is highly recommended to inform product manufacturers and end users of the latest WLAN regulation. The frequency band 5.725 – 5.470 GHz is not allowed (no change from previous regulations) • The frequency band 5.850…

High speed internet access coming soon to Mali

Mobile phone companies in Mali will provide internet users with high speed internet connection. Indeed, the government has started discussions with the relevant providers in this regard.  Through its desire to grant neutral telecommunications licenses, the government of Mali shows how eager they are to fully bring the country into the era of very high speed internet connection on mobile phones. Beyond simplifying the licensing process and management, granting technologically neutral licenses will unlock technological innovation and give the providers…

The basic tips for the licensing process in Cameroon

In Cameroon, ART requires a sample before licensing. For renewal of certificates, the Agency requires a sample as well. The licensing practice in Cameroon is subject to Decree No. 00000008 / MPT of July 16 ,2001. Though the Decree is old for several years, it is still in force. The abovementioned Decree does not mention the exemption of approval for small or large equipment. However, the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART) often gives our company the opportunity to submit projects without…

Madagascar : The country focuses on market surveillance

The Malagasy government has issued a Decree to regulate the telecommunications sector. Mobile telephony, radio broadcasting stations and use of VSAT frequency are subject to this new regulation. The Decree specifies the restrictive measures pertaining to mobile phones terminals counterfeit, stolen or not in compliance with international standards. The measures mentioned in the Decree refer to non-standard mobile devices, that is to say, without an IMEI code to track their authenticity. Thus, any mobile telephone terminal including GSM, UMTS or…

ART amplifies fight against counterfeit equipment in Cameroon

The Cameroonian regulator has begun a verification operation of mobile phones in the market. This action aims at getting rid of unapproved phones from the market. In fact, the market surveillance will take place in a twofold phase: the first will be for the regulator to send technical teams into the markets for them to identify counterfeit phones. The second phase will be focused on the involvement of the customs services in order to strengthen the inspection measures across the…

Equipment process licensing in Congo : Red is authorized and a sample is required

Equipment meeting RED standards are accepted and approved in Congo. For ARPTC, this decision is logical because Congo and Europe are in the same region according to the division made by the ITU. Moreover, the agency requires a sample before approval. The Regulatory Authority of the Post and Telecommunications of Congo (ARPTC), authorizes all certified and approved equipment in the European region and that are marked CE. Radio Equipment Directive (RED) being a European standard is no exception to this standard. RF…

The criteria for granting authorization for 3.5GHz band in Seychelles

The Criteria for using 3.5 GHz band have been made public by the Seychelles Regulatory Agency. From now on, all users of the 3400-3600 MHz (3.5 GHz) band will have to comply with the following instructions as provided by the Regulatory Agency. The 3400-3600 MHz (3.5 GHz) band is to be used for the deployment of Fixed Broadband Wireless Access (FBWA) systems, including the nomadic BWA system (NBWA). The deployment of VSAT / earth stations in the 3.5 GHz band…