Macra, INCM collaborate on frequency spill
A joint Malawi-Mozambique committee is to address the issue of radio frequency spill-over on the border between the two countries.
The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) and the Instituto Nacional das Communicacoes de Mocambique (INCM) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ensure cross border coordination on frequency spill-overs for the two countries.
MACRA said in a statement that the MoU had been signed partly in response to to an outcry of the general public, especially those facing cross border interference with neighbouring countries such as Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.
Amongst other things, the MoU will:
- Manage cross border spill over of GSM, WLUFWA and other radio communication systems
- Coordinate services in unserviced areas (No Man's Land)
- Promote roaming between operators
- Coordinate broadcasting signal distribution activities
- Coordinate technical exchange (movement of equipment from one country to another, amongst others)
- Form a Forum to discuss cross border interference issues
- Settle disputes
The parties also agreed to co-ordinate all telecommunications related activities in the unserved areas (“no-man’s land”) by establishing co-ordination zones along the border in conjunction with the operators and service providers.
To enhance the efficiency of their co-operation the parties agreed to establish a Joint Committee in which operators, manufacturers and service providers could participate together with administrators.