Namibia - CRAN Says No Radio Broadcast Licenses Will Be Issued In Namibia For 15 Months

15 February 2019

Regulation & Policy

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has imposed a 15-month suspension on the issuing of spectrum licenses in the country’s FM radio broadcast frequency.

A media statement issued by CRAN announced that the suspension affects license applications in the 87,5 to 108 MHz frequency band, for Frequency Modulation (FM) radio broadcasting services and for broadcasting services licenses.

The 15-month moratorium is valid from 22 January 2019.

Festus Mbandeka, the Chief Executive Officer of CRAN, said that the high number of broadcast licensees in the frequency band has resulted in the shortage of analogue FM spectrum in a lot of geographical areas in Namibia, mainly urban areas.

He added that CRAN was planning to conduct a review process of the frequency channelling plan for analogue FM radio broadcasting.

Mbandeka said that the frequency channelling plan review would ensure that radio frequency spectrum is optimally managed and utilised in an orderly, effective and efficient manner.

He also said that possible changes in frequency assignments would have to be considered, along with delivering coverage predictions and doing an assessment of power outputs and other technical requirements.

Mbandeka explained that it had therefore not been possible to do the review while also awarding new spectrum licenses for broadcast services or while amending existing spectrum licenses.

Source: The Namibian