MACRA Set For World Radio Conference In Egypt

By Ireen Kayira

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) will this year, attend World Radio Conference (WRC) in Egypt from October 28 to November 22.

MACRA Director of Finance, Henry Sirica said this on Wednesday during WRC stakeholder consultative meeting at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

“During this year’s conference, we will discuss and revise the radio regulations and any associated frequency assignment and allocation plans.

“Frequency is a cross boarder entity with no boundaries as such Malawi cannot operate in the dark when it comes to frequency allocation and the management of the country’s spectrum,” Sirica said.

He added that in order for the country to have an effective frequency plan with minimal interference there is need to harmonize Malawi frequency with international world plan.

He pointed out that any changes effected at world radio conference will affect the information communication and technology industry in its entirety as such there is need for Malawi to prepare herself as a country for any such changes.

“We are holding these consultative meetings with the aim of planning the usage of frequency on a national scale so that we are ready when it comes to the global scale,” he assured.

WRC is a global event organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and is held every three or four years with the aim of reviewing and revising radio regulations and international treaties governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum.

Malawi is a member state of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for issues of information and communication technologies in the world.-MANA