ZIMBABWE’S POTRAZ TO CRACK DOWN ON USE OF ISM BAND

Telecoms

Defiant companies operating on the Industrial Scientific and Medical (ISM) band have been ordered to abandon the practice forthwith, with some facing prosecution.Sources told The Financial Gazette this week that the violation of the ISM band reached a peak before the establishment of the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz).However, following the establishment of the regulatory authority, the companies were instructed through a regulatory notice in 2002 to migrate to other bands by December 31 2002.

A number of the firms have since switched to other bands, while others are still to comply with the directive.Potraz extended the deadline to January 2004 to give the companies ample time to regularise their operations, after which they would be deemed to be operating illegally.Potraz director general Cuthbert Chidoori said the ISM band was reserved for other uses and that companies were not allowed to use it."It should be noted that the ISM band is reserved for use by other users of radio frequencies other than commercial telecommunications," he said.

He would not reveal the number or names of the companies violating the Act, only saying there were several of them.

Financial Gazette