Department of Science and Innovation
The proposed revised radio frequency spectrum exempted for use within the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Area (KCAAA) has been republished.
The science and innovation department published the revised spectrum in Government Gazette 44420 in terms of Regulations for the Protection of the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas.
The proposed revised radio frequency spectrum was first published in Gazette 44365 on 31 March 2021.
The exempted frequency spectrum was published in 2019.
In December 2020, the period for compliance with the Regulations was extended to 15 December 2021.
The Regulations prohibit the use of the radio frequency spectrum from 100MHz to 25 500 MHz (25.5 GHz) within the KCAAA.
According to the department, the radio frequency spectrum exempted from the prohibition as outlined in the schedule may only be used if a permit has been issued in terms of Regulation 4 of Schedule B of the KCAAA Regulations.
All licensees and licence exempt operators who conduct radio transmissions within the KCAAAs other than those exempted in terms of Regulation 5 of Schedule A of the KCAAA Regulations are required to apply for a permit from the Astronomy Management Authority in order to continue operating within the KCAAAs.
Comment on the proposed revised exempted radio frequency spectrum is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.