Zim launches National Frequency Allocation Plan

MUTARE - Zimbabwe has made history by becoming one of the few countries in southern Africa to launch a national blueprint on the access and use of radio frequency spectrum resources. 

ITC minister Supa Mandiwanzira, who launched the first edition of the Zimbabwe National Frequency Allocation Plan, code named ZNFAP, in Mutare on Tuesday underlined the increasing importance of radio frequency spectrum to the economy and to the daily lives of all citizens.

“Spectrum is the oxygen of today’s economy which, I must say, is increasingly more digitised than ever before. As individuals we are much better connected than one would have ever imagined at the turn of the century.

“Our industries are more digital than ever, and more digital solutions are rising up the horizon in the form of emerging technologies such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence, big data and the Internet of things to name just few,” he said.

From a policy perspective, wireless technology is crucial in engendering the country’s industrialisation agenda in empowering people to participate in the digital future that Zimbabwe is building.

The national frequency allocation plan, which is part of the ICT ministry’s 100-day plan, is expected to be used as a resource document for assigning spectrum, making the right decision when purchasing radio equipment, developing policies, recommendations and decisions pertaining to radio spectrum usage in Zimbabwe.

Aware of the crucial importance of spectrum resources across all sectors of the economy, government established the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) and gave it the responsibility to manage the spectrum resources on behalf of the people.

Mandiwanzira highlighted that it was crucial for the government to develop comprehensive and clear-cut policies that will ensure that the spectrum resource is optimally utilised for the overall benefit of the nation.

Potraz director-general Gift Machengete said spectrum is a crucial resource, significantly contributing to key areas of the economy including National and International Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Education, Health, Agriculture, Defence, Security and Transport sectors.

“On the user end, the proliferation of spectrum-based consumer products and services in the home, in the office and on the move, is increasing exponentially with the adoption of ‘smart living’ solutions,” he said at the launch.  

He indicated that the availability of spectrum was now a precondition for a strong national digital infrastructure.

As a result of developments such as cloud computing and the Internet of things, there is an exponential increase in the demand for spectrum, and society in general is imposing ever greater requirements on the capacity, availability and reliability of radio communications and radio infrastructure in general.

“These, together with other developments, including the introduction of new wireless applications and services and the demand for higher data speeds and increasing data volumes, necessitate more efficient and more effective use of the radio spectrum,” he said.

Comments (2)

Many carts before the horse. How about a currency that actually works and is available to be used by all citizens? How about decent roads, healthcare and other basic infrastructure Supa?

jongwe rachembera - 5 February 2018

Cde Bernard Chiketo, get fact correctly. The document you are referring to, is not the first edition. The first edition of the Zimbabwe National Frequency Allocation PLan was published before 2005. I actually bought a copy at Government Printers. Go and check. Even the Potraz people can affirm that.

Kabius Kekedu - 9 February 2018

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