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Macra consults on spectrum pricing

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The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) says a review of the spectrum pricing model is necessary as the changes made will bring efficiency in the allocation and usage of radio spectrum.

Spectrum pricing is a method whereby the price which users pay for access to the radio spectrum is set at a level which encourages efficient usage and maximises economic benefits.

Speaking in Lilongwe on Monday at the opening of a two-day consultation Meeting, Macra Deputy Director General, Francis Bisika, said as demand for spectrum is increasing in the country, the new pricing model will ensure optimal use of radio frequency spectrum while also ensuring reasonable and fair access to those who require it.

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“Since 2000 Macra has maintained the same pricing format for spectrum but has faced the challenge of meeting the demand for spectrum monitoring with increased technological changes. This has also been a stumbling block in respect of ICT services delivery. This necessitated a review of the spectrum pricing mechanism to take into account the dynamic changes in the ICT industry and the ever increasing economic value that can be obtained from the assigned,” said Bisika.

Bisika further said that the introduction of spectrum will help government to achieve its policy objectives in developing ICT infrastructure across the country.

Macra initiated a spectrum audit and re-framing exercise in July 2013. The exercise sought to re-align the spectrum to allow more operators to be accommodated within the available bands.

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