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Application of Radio Equipment Directive (RED) in Burkina Faso

The regulatory agency of Burkina Faso (ARCEP) has authorized the application of the RED since the directive’s implementation. That decision opens the market to equipment manufacturers complying with the standards of the RED. The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) is a measure taken by the European Union (EU), adopted in June 2016 and implemented in June 2017. It aims at ensuring the quality of the pieces of equipment that are on the European market. In addition to their presence on the…

South Africa: Labelling in the type approval process

The affixation of labels represents one of the most important components of the type approval of telecom equipment in South Africa. The country’s regulator, the ICASA has always rigorously applied this measure. The labelling of equipment consists in affixing a label that contains the certificate number of each piece of equipment. The label is used to indicate that the equipment complies with the technical standards recognised by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). According to the Label Regulation,…

Capacity – building : Consult IT paid a visit to the Niger regulatory agency ARTP

As Consult IT! has been informed about the resumption of type approval activities in Niger, the company has decided to inquire about the new provisions taken by the regulator as far as Type Approval is concerned. Consult IT! has then decided to send a delegation to the regulatory agency to understand the different aspects of that resumption. During discussions with the delegation of Consult IT!, the head of the Networks and Services department of the ARTP Niger, Mr. Massaoudou, reassured…

TANZANIA : The auctioning off of the 700 MHz band

700 MHz frequency range which was previously being used for analog Television Broadcasting, has now been released and is now available to be assigned for mobile broadband services. That frequency range will be auctioned. The efficient management of rare resources compels different regulatory agencies to use strategies for the allocation of spectrum. The Tanzania Communications Regulation Authority (TCRA) has then decided to auction the 700 MHz frequency range. The spectrum to be assigned represents 2 x 30 MHz of Frequency…

New guidelines for the 5.2-5.9 GHz frequency band

The Nigerian Communications Commission has opened up the band 5.9 – 5.2 GHz for services in the urban and rural areas of the country. Nigeria Communications Commission has developed guidelines for deployment of Wireless Access System in the band. This band can be deployed to provide WiMAX, Wi-Fi, Campus Local Area Network, public access, mass market and other related services. Consequent upon the above, the NCC is hereby providing regulatory guidelines to facilitate access to spectrum in the 5.9 –…

GHANA : A workshop to sensitise stakeholders on type approval

The National Communications Authority (NCA) held a workshop to sensitize stakeholders on the need to type approve electronic communication equipment. The regulators invite different players in the sector to comply with the rules in force. The objective of the workshop organized by the NCA was to raise stakeholders’ awareness about the systematic type approval of electronic communication equipment imported into the country. Participants to the workshop were informed about Electronic Communications Equipment (ECE). The Deputy Director General of Technical Operations,…

CONGO : New type approval procedures for terminals and radio equipment

Terminals and radio equipment will be imported into the Congolese territory only after obtaining approval certificates. Information concerning the issuing of these certificates was given during a press conference conducted by the telecom regulator of Congo, the ARPCE. As for October 1 st , importers of radio and terminal equipment will be compelled to obtain approval certificates for any import. The ARPCE intends to issue two certificates of technical compliance to importers. The first will be issued before the pieces…

ARCEP GABON : What can we learn from type approval activities ?

The telecommunications regulator in Gabon equipped itself with an effective regulatory system. This system helps practicing type approval activities more efficiently. The work undertaken by the regulatory board was recognised and appreciated even beyond national borders. The ‘’Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes’’ (ARCEP) was founded to better regulate Gabonese telecommunications sector. Created by the order n°000008/PR/2012 of the 13th February 2012 and ratified by the law n° 006/2012 of the 13th August 2012, the regulatory agency…

Capacity building : Consult IT ! visited ARTP in Togo and the ARCEP in Benin

As part of its actions to perpetuate relationship with its partners, Consult IT ! sent a delegation to get information . A delegation of Consult IT led by the Operations Manager visited Regulatory agencies in Benin and Togo. These visits helped obtain valuable information on type approval practices. In Togo, a restructuring approval procedures will be applicable at the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018. The new regulation will reinforce market surveillance. According to the ARTP, an approved equipement…

Mauritius : New provisions for the practice of type approval

The regulatory agency of Mauritius issued a communique concerning the type approval of radio communication and telecommunications equipment. The agency is also searching for an Executive Director. From now on, the radiocommunication/telecommunications equipment having modules that transmit radio frequencies, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM, GPRS shall be type approved. This announcement is in line with article 18 (b) of the Information and Communication Technologies Act 2001 which states that the Authority shall provide economic and technical monitoring of the information…