– (Business in Cameroon) - Stakeholders in telecommunication in Central Africa are already working to harmonise their proposals to present during the world radiocommunication conference to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in November 2015.
A four-day international workshop (September 23-26, 2013) began holding in Yaounde on Monday September 23, 2013 to gather proposals coming from the sub-region to be shared with other member States when they meet.
According to Jean Jacques Massima, representative of the International Telecommunication Union for Central Africa and Madagascar, attribution of frequencies and their notification to some services like satellite, mobile and aeronautics constitute the base of the reflection. “Mobile is more and more demanding in terms of frequencies and that is why we are moving from analogue to digital to free the frequency for use by other services,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Technical Coordinator at the African Telecommunications Union, Kezias Mwale said more than 30 per cent of the frequencies are now designated for mobile broadband. “Now we need a plan for the sustainable management of the frequencies. It is for the sub-region to focus and see which way to go. The Geneva conference is expected to confirm the frequencies that will be redeemed from analogue television to mobile broadband. It is very important for Africa because these frequencies are more suited for rural mobile broadband,” he noted.
The ongoing workshop is also strategizing on the management of frequencies in border countries within the Central African sub-region.