NCA cracks down on illegal frequency users on ISP bands
The National Communications Authority (NCA) has begun a frequency
monitoring and inspection exercise, which has led to the decommissioning
and confiscation of transmitters and antennas illegally operating on
frequency bands licensed for Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
The frequency bands in question are the 2.3GHz, 3.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 3.6GHz,
which according to the Authority are ‘licensed bands’ allocated
specifically for use by ISPs.
A statement from the NCA said so far the decommissioning and confiscation
of equipment have taken place in the Greater-Accra Region, but the
exercise will be extended to other parts of the country.
"Further investigations are being also conducted to ascertain the owners
of the equipment used to perpetrate these illegal actions. The appropriate
actions will be taken against the perpetrators in accordance with the
Electronic Communications Act, 2008," said the NCA statement.
The statement noted that the exercise is being conducted in accordance
with sections 62 and 71 of the Electronic Communications Act (ECA), 2008,
"The activities of illegal users contravene Section 9 of the ECA, 2008,
Act 775 which states that: (1) A person shall not use a spectrum for
designated services without a frequency authorization granted by the
Authority. (2) A person who wishes to use a spectrum shall apply to the
Authority in the manner specified in Regulations," the statement said.
Director of Engineering at the NCA, Henry Kanor, has been quoted as saying
the activities of illegal frequency users cause harmful interference to
the operations of licensed ISPs and they also deny the Authority of
revenue in the form of Regulatory and Spectrum fees.
"The purpose of this monitoring exercise is therefore to clear the
licensed ISP frequency bands of all illegal users," he said.
The statement said the Authority used its state of the art Mobile Spectrum
Monitoring Systems to detect unwanted or illegal signals at various
locations in the Greater Accra Region.
The NCA also cautioned all Mast Owners to, at all times, check that
telecommunication service providers are licensed by the NCA before
allowing them to co-locate on their facility.
The Authority adds that henceforth, Mast Owners would equally be held
liable for illegal transmissions from their masts.
Click here to see the list of 52 authorized ISPs in the country which is
also published on the website of the NCA.
The NCA is therefore cautioning consumers and the general public to desist
from working with unauthorized internet service providers.
They called on persons who wish to use a spectrum to apply to the NCA in
the manner specified in the Electronic Communications Act.