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“Co-Sharing Could Deliver More Spectrum For Radio Broadcasting In The Digital Space” – Eswatini Communications Commission

Samkeliso Shongwe, a Senior Manager of Spectrum Planning and Management at Eswatini Communications Commission, has suggested that the industry should explore different ways to get the most value out of the available amount of radio spectrum because it is has become a limited resource.

Mr Shongwe responding to questions from Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in preparation for the Industry Forum on Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Broadcast and Media Ecosystem taking place on the 10th – 11th April 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton, South Africa says that different radio spectrum sharing strategies are available and could be used to ensure that there is no harmful interference in the broadcasting.

Below is an excerpt of the conversation Samkeliso had with BMA on the forthcoming Forum where he is a featured speaker and panellist:

BMA: Why did you decide to get involved in this Industry Forum on Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Broadcast and Media Ecosystem?

Samkeliso: Having worked in the regulatory environment for both Broadcasting and Spectrum Management I am in a good position to share experiences in this forum which combines the focus on both aspects. This is also an opportunity for me to share and gain insight on the future of digital broadcasting.

BMA: What is your take on spectrum-sharing strategies; and do you think that they would work to the advantage of radio broadcast companies?

Samkeliso: It is important to note that spectrum is a limited resource, and there are cases where the demand for spectrum exceeds the spectrum available. There are different spectrum sharing strategies which are available and can be employed to ensure that there is no harmful interference. There are administrative methods which are employed by regulatory authorities in their spectrum management operations, and there are technical methods which require innovation from equipment manufacturers as they develop the radio broadcasting equipment. These methods can be used by radio broadcasting companies to their advantage in ensuring that there is no shortage of spectrum.
For radio broadcasting in many countries, spectrum sharing is a requirement because the number of radio broadcasting companies far exceeds the available spectrum capacity. To a certain extent, the use of the different sharing methods as well as a combination of different sharing methods can ensure the availability of spectrum for radio broadcasting.


BMA: Could you please tell us what you hope fellow participants will take away from this industry event?

Samkeliso: I hope fellow participants will have an appreciation of the available options to ensure that there is no harmful interference on radio broadcasting services. They will also have an understanding of which technologies to support or to look out for when they procure the equipment to be used for their broadcasting stations.

About Samkeliso Shongwe: Samkeliso Studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering majoring in Telecommunications at University of Swaziland and holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. He worked at Eswatini Electricity Company for 10 years as a Telecommunications Engineer doing Telecommunications network planning and management. This included microwave network design and implementation using Pathloss software, Radio coverage mapping using Pathloss software, VHF repeater network design and site commissioning for both voice and data communications for SCADA. This involved a lot of frequency spectrum planning for the Networks.
Shongwe joined the Eswatini Communications Commission as a Manager Spectrum Planning and Management in 2017 and was responsible for all spectrum Management Activities. He was also responsible for Broadcasting regulation issues with ESCCOM until present.

Samkeliso will be speaking at the Industry Forum on Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Broadcast and Media Ecosystem in his capacity as the Manager of Spectrum Planning and Management at Eswatini Communications Commission.

 





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