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Amendments to Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations on the Cards

July 25, 2019

Independent Communications Authority

25 July 2019

Amendments are proposed to Annexure B of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations.

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) called for comment on its intention to amend Annexure B in Government Gazette 42590.

The plan is to replace the existing Annexure B with a new one.

Annexure B focuses on radio apparatus exempt from the need for a radio frequency spectrum licence.

Equipment categories include inductive devices, ULP-AMI Devices, ULP-AIDs and Peripherals, Low Power Wireless Hearing Aid, Surface Model Control, Aircraft Model Control, Wireless Microphones, Wildlife telemetry Tracking, Medical Implants, Low Power Radio, Alarms, Low power Video Surveillance and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Conditions on the use and possession of all radio apparatus exempt are listed including all radio apparatus must be type-approved by ICASA in accordance with section 35 of the act; the frequencies, transmitting power and external high-gain antenna of the radio apparatus must not be altered without a new type approval certificate being issued by ICASA; the antenna of the radio apparatus must not be higher or above average ground level than the lowest point of the place where the radio apparatus operates effectively and the user of the radio apparatus in the licence-exempt frequency spectrum operates on non-interference and zero protection basis from interference.

Comment is invited within 30 working days from the date of publication.