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GUINEA : The ARPT ensures compliance with practices linked to type approval

The regulatory authority of the post and telecommunications (ARPT) was created under the Act L/2005/018/AN of September 8th 2005. The aim of the authority is to regulate the telecoms sector in the Republic of Guinea. To achieve this objective, the regulator keeps on recalling the regulation in force in the domain of type approvals. In a press release  dated 09 May 2017, the ARPT was informing its partners about the provisions to be made for the type approval of their equipment.…

Updates about RURA Type Approval process

We revealed in our last issue that the regulatory authority in Rwanda was carrying out reflections on the practice of type approval in the country. As a matter of fact, lines are shifting because the regulator has brought many changes to type approval over the last months. The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) first suspended the practice of type approval for a period. Later on, the agency indicated that it would only type approve equipment coming from companies having a local representation in…

BOCRA : Change of Director-general and implementation of new measures

The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has got a new Chief Executive since May 15th 2017. His name is Tshoganetso Kepaletswe. He has been appointed to act as Chief Executive replacing the former Chief Executive Mr. Thari G. Pheko whose contract ended on April 30th 2017. The new Chief Executive graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Bachelor of Finance and Economics in 1983. He also graduated with a MSc in management information systems in 1986. In the…

Interview of Mr Koffi, Operations Manager of Consult IT ?

In the columns of the newsletter 41, we revealed Consult IT’s participation to the Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB). As a reminder, this important event gathers the world actors of regulation each year took place from the 1st to 4th of May 2017. Back from this annual meeting, Mr. KOFFI Fidèle (Operations Manager of Consult IT) accepted to answer the questions of our editorial team. He was the head of the company’s delegation that attended the meeting. 1) What does the…

Rwanda : RURA type-approval are suspended .

The type-approval procedure is presently suspended in Rwanda because the regulatory authority would like to bring changes to its pricing. These pricing changes will concern national and international telecom consultants. Changes could therefore be observed at the level of the costs linked to the practice of type-approval. In the meantime, an important part of type approval applications is suspended. Consul IT! went through this realty and initiated exchanges on that issue with the regulator. Rwanda is a leading African country…

ICASA Type Approval fees have been increased

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) informed its partners on March 27th that it would increase its type approval fees. From now on, all administrative fees associated with Type Approval will be increased by 6.4% in accordance with the rule 10 (3) of the type approval regulation that states that “the type approval fees will be adjusted by a maximum of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as published by statistics in South Africa.” This increase concerns: • Telecommunications…

Type approval in Rwanda: restrictions on international applicants .

News from the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) revealed that the regulator has taken steps meant for international type approval applicants. In fact, foreign companies which used to submit their type approval application to the RURA will not be able to do it again. However, this decision with immediate effect does not include international applicants who have delivery commitments to the local market (Rwanda) for supplies requiring type approval. These applicants shall provide evidence to the authority on their effective…