Namibia: 15-month ban on issuing spectrum, broadcasting licenses

WINDHOEK, JAN 28 — The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has placed a ban on the issuance of spectrum and broadcasting services licenses, CRAN Chief Executive Officer Festus Mbandeka said on Monday.
The 15-month ban became effective as of Jan. 22, Mbandeka said in an interview.
The frequency band of 87.5-108 MHz is the only spectrum band that may be utilized for analogue FM radio broadcasting, he said.
The increase in the number of broadcasting service licensees has resulted in the scarcity of analogue FM spectrum in most geographical areas in Namibia, particularly in urban areas, Mbandeka said.
CRAN intends to review the current Frequency Channeling Plan for analogue FM radio broadcasting, he said.
The review will require a detailed spectrum analysis, coverage predictions, cross-border coordination and analysis of various transmitter power outputs to ensure maximum use of the available radio frequency spectrum, Mbandeka said.
“The Frequency Channeling Plan review will therefore ensure that radio frequency spectrum is optimally utilized and managed in an orderly, efficient and effective manner,” he said. –¬†XINHUA