Senegal: A thorough study on frequencies’ allocation

Regulation & Policy

At the end of June 2013, an in-depth study on the allocation of frequencies is in progress, said the Minister of Communication, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, Cheikh Bamba Dièye, calling the frequency allocation policy under the former regime as ' a real mess.''

'' More than 159 television channels frequencies were distributed. All channels combined, radio and television, we have more than 500 frequencies distributed. It's a real mess, everyone had his little license key, we do not understand anything,'' said Dièye Cheikh Bamba, who was the guest of the show on the RFM ‘Grand Jury’.

'' That is why, he said, on the instructions of the President of the Republic, a comprehensive study is underway, and it is almost finished, to identify who has a frequency and in fact anything.''

Referring to the perspective of the switchover, Cheikh Bamba said that'' there will be a time when all distributed frequencies will become obsolete.''

The Minister has also raised the possibility of a ''transfer of the allocation frequency to the National Council of broadcast regulation (in French Conseil national de régulation de l’audiovisuel - CNRA) towards establishing the draft “Press Code”.

The Head of State Macky Sall expressed on May 1 his desire to end the “disorder” in the granting of television licenses in Senegal, revealing that more than a hundred licenses have recently been granted not on objective grounds.

“There must be an order in the television licensing and newspaper creation permissions”, said Macky Sall during the ceremony of grievances list from different unions.

“Others (the old regime), before leaving, gave more than 100 licenses to politics, and power relatives as political weapons to attack others. This is not fair. We will put an end to this mess'', hammered Macky Sall questioned on the issue by Khaliloulah Ibrahima Ndiaye, general secretary of the National Professional Union of Information and Communication (in French - Syndicat national des professionnels de l’information et de la communication - SYNPICS).

'' We need to regulate it. Why let anyone create their television?'' asked President Sall, before calling for legal compliance in progress.

“We can not let people because they hold positions of power to dispose of television licenses'', had he assured.