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“Appropriate Management Of Spectrum Is Key To Economic Growth” - According To Executives At Africa’s Spectrum Management Forum

At the recently concluded Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Media that was convened by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) on the 10th and 11th of April 2019 at the Radisson Blu Sandton Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa, it was reiterated that radio frequency (RF) spectrum is of great value to modern economies, and as a result, the resource must be adequately and appropriately managed in a way that delivers direct benefits to public stakeholders.
With SES as the principal partner, the Industry Forum examined a plethora of key themes and also arrived at essential conclusions and recommendations such as that:

- Policymakers ought to put together enabling spectrum management policies that would genuinely deliver the desired digital terrestrial television (DTT) services

- Funds raised in spectrum auctions should be used to fast track the analogue to digital migration to a much shorter period than currently expected

- Regulatory frameworks should be put in place to facilitate the sharing of under-utilised spectrum

- The industry must work together to ensure more TV White Spaces success stories across Africa

- The use of Satellite and associated technologies could serve as gap-fillers because of their apparent efficiencies

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) announced that the event was a great success, as it brought together key industry experts in the field of Spectrum Management. BMA promised to continue to bring together industry stakeholders to share insights around many more critical issues in the future.


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