Stakeholders such as telecommunication service providers, broadcasters, maritime, aeronautical and amateur licensees were afforded an opportunity to give their input.
Speaking at the public hearing, CRAN Chief Executive Officer, Festus Mbandeka, said: “It is important to mention that the current spectrum fees have not been reviewed since 2007”.
He added that for this reason, there is a strong justification to do so due to inter alia, an inflationary impact cost recovery in respect of operational activities and capital investment pertaining to spectrum management.
Furthermore, he added that CRAN would like to achieve simplicity by ensuring that charges are easy to understand, are practical and minimise collection cost. Upon finalisation, the proposed fees will come into force on 1 January 2018.
CRAN is mandated, in terms of Section 99 of the Communications Act, 2009, to regulate the full scope of activities related to spectrum management. There are various spectrum licence types, which include the following: amateur services, maritime services, aeronautical services, various types of satellite services, mobile services, fixed services, land mobile services, broadcasting services, and radio communications systems.
Spectrum pricing, through frequency-user fees, is one of the tools through which CRAN aims to efficiently manage and maximise the economic benefit from the use of spectrum in Namibia. The main aim is to achieve both optimum spectrum occupancy and effective frequency utilisation.