Updates to Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations 2015

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), opened a public consultation on the planned amendments of Annexure B - Radio Apparatus exempt from radio frequency spectrum licenses - of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations, 2015.

After reviewing comments, ICASA amended Annexure B, which contains information such as maximum radiated power, field strength or sensitivity limits and relevant test standards for various types of equipment.

Use and possession of all radio apparatus must comply with the following:

All radio apparatus must be type-approved by the Authority in accordance with section 35 of the Act. The frequencies, transmitting power and external high-gain antenna of the radio apparatus must not be altered without a new type approval certificate being issued by the Authority. The Radio Apparatus must be operated within, and not exceed, the technical parameters set out in each of the applicable columns C of the Table with respect to the frequency band; maximum radiated power or field strength or Sensitivity limits as prescribed in the relevant performance standard. The antenna of the Radio Apparatus must not be higher or above average ground level than the lowest point of the place where the Radio Apparatus operates effectively. The Radio Apparatus must not cause interference with any licensed radio frequency spectrum. The user of the Radio Apparatus in the license-exempt frequency spectrum operates on non-interference and zero protection basis from interference.

These updated regulations came into force after being published in the Government Gazette on December 24, 2021.

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