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ICASA, Mozambique regulator sign technical agreement

The regulators will establish a committee to address matters of common interest on radio frequency co-ordination.

The regulators will establish a committee to address matters of common interest on radio frequency co-ordination.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has signed a technical agreement with Mozambique's communications regulatory authority, the Autoridade Reguladora Das Comunicações.

ICASA says it is an agreement of co-operation and co-ordination in respect of spectrum management for telecommunications and broadcasting services. It will see the establishment of a technical committee which would address matters of common interest between the two regulators on radio frequency co-ordination.

In terms of this deal, the regulators will work together to ensure, among others, co-operation on the co-ordination, control and management of radio transmission spill-overs, exchange of information and expertise in the field of radio communications.

"It is our commitment as regulators to make expertise, infrastructure and equipment available to assist each other on regulatory matters, including radio frequency spectrum investigations, possible cross-border spill-overs, and of course, co-ordination of our services," says ICASA acting chairperson Rubben Mohlaloga.

The technical agreement is a culmination of the memorandum of agreement entered into by the two governments in June 2015, aimed at finding new approaches and strategies for consolidating, expanding and deepening areas of economic development, industrial and trade co-operation between Mozambique and SA.

"This is a critical step for us as regulators because we have a common goal of ensuring the needs of our people are taken into account and that their service consumption is exactly what they pay for and interference-free," concludes Mohlaloga.

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