Cran Issues 34 Licences in Three Years

THE establishment of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia, which replaced the former Namibian Communications Commission has seen a boom in licences awarded for commercial broadcasting and telecommunications services. In three years, CRAN has awarded 34 licences.

Figures made available to The Namibian by Hilma Hitula, the acting chief executive officer, showed that 41% of the licences issued between 18 May 2011 and 1 April this year showed that 41% of the licences issued are for commercial broadcasting services and 30% are for class comprehensive telecommunications services with community broadcasting constituting 23%.

Reacting to criticism in some quarters that CRAN was flooding the airwaves with the larger number of licences awarded, Hitula said before a licence is awarded, CRAN sees to it that all substantive requirements as set in the Communications Act are meet.

“All decisions made in terms of the Act and regulations and the reasons for the decisions are communicated to the applicant and also published in the Government Gazette.

“The Authority also maintains a register of licences, which the public can inspect at our offices,” she said.

CRAN further appreciates that any persons aggrieved by the exercise of our Act and decisions may seek redress before a competent court, she said.

“CRAN acknowledges that the opportunity to be heard by an impartial-decision maker is at the heart of the rules of natural justice and procedural fairness. Therefore, we strive to ensure that our decisions are substantively and procedurally correct.”

Source : The Namibian