The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) hosted two public consultative meetings on Regulations prescribing license categories and licensing application procedures for Postal Service Licensees and the amendment to the Regulations in respect of Type Approval and Technical Standards for Telecommunications Equipment respectively, in Windhoek.
The consultative meeting on Regulations prescribing license categories and licensing application procedures for Postal Services Licensees highlighted the mandate of CRAN in accordance with the Communications Act (No. 8 of 2009) to regulate telecommunication services and network, broadcasting services, postal services and the use and allocation of radio spectrum.
“Regulation of the postal sector is at an advanced stage and the objectives of these regulations are to prescribe Postal Service License categories, regulating the issuing, amendment, transfer and renewal of Postal Service Licenses and will upon enforcement be applicable to all Postal Service Licensees operating within the jurisdiction of Namibia” said CRAN Chief Executive Officer Festus Mbandeka.
He revealed during the meetings that the Authority had put the regulation of courier sector on hold until further notice.
“The halt on courier sector regulation is due to a revised in-house strategy and the Authority intends to conduct a Regulatory Impact Assessment Study on Courier Services in Namibia.”
Consultative Meeting on the amendment to the regulations in respect of Type Approval and Technical Standards for Telecommunications Equipment meeting was aimed at proving an overview, while giving a comprehensive framework of the various types of telecommunication equipment that require and those that do not require Type Approval for the benefit of all ICT stakeholders.
The consultative meeting created a platform to discuss mutual understanding pertaining to compliance and enforcement for the amendment to the regulations in respect of Type Approval and technical standards for telecommunication equipment.
“Compliance of telecommunications equipment is not only based on national standards but are aligned with international standards applicable to Namibia” said Mbandeka.
“The Type Approval regulations prevents the operation and import of sub-standard equipment that are not compatible with local networks from entering into the country as such imported products may present health and safety hazards to consumers,” added Mbandeka.
“Type Approval of such equipment ensures that the operating frequency of telecommunications equipment and radio apparatus are in conformance with the national frequency band plan of Namibia.”
He said the amended regulations will be applicable to all telecommunications equipment used, sold, offered for sale or connected to an electronic communications network within the borders of Namibia and are applicable to all persons, whether legal or natural persons, and the state.
“All importers, vendors, patent owners and equipment manufacturers of telecommunication equipment are responsible to obtain Type Approval certificates from CRAN. Certification should be received prior to any goods entering the borders of the Republic of Namibia. Goods that reach the border without Type Approval certification will remain at the borders (at the cost of importers) until such time that certification received and goods are released and or returned.’