CRAN to review frequency band plan

21 Apr 2022

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has revealed it intends to review its frequency band plan every four years, The Namibian reports. Speaking at a public consultative meeting about the watchdog’s spectrum assignment strategy for 2022 to 2024, CEO Emilia Nghikembua said this would involve amending frequency band allocations and regulations as required, following due regulatory process, with spectrum licensees required to migrate to new frequencies. The authority will address each migration on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the regulations for spectrum licensing procedures, she added.

‘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 told the meeting, adding the authority had set out conditions to ensure the efficient use of scarce resources and prevent anti-competitive practices, such as the hoarding of spectrum, and to free up spectrum space for assignment to emerging technologies and services. ‘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,’ she said.