Nigeria to allow amateur radio, satellite operations

Nigeria to allow amateur radio, satellite operations

Nigeria to allow amateur radio, satellite operations

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Nigeria is set to issue licences for non-commercial operation of amateur radio and satellite services in the country, the telecoms regulator has said.

Government says the licence will be opened to Nigerians and foreigners hoping to operate amateur radio and satellite services during their stay in the country.

Qualified persons or companies granted amateur radio services and amateur satellite services can use them for non-commercial exchange of messages, intercommunication, self-training, private recreation, wireless experimentation, technical investigations, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry regulator says about the proposed licensing process.

The planned licensing regime will open a new vista for the operation of amateur radio operations in Nigeria, in line with standards set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN sepcialised agency that coordinates the global spectrum space.

With the planned licensing, the Nigerian government will ensure interference-free operation and optimal use of the spectrum band for amateur radio and satellite services in the country, NCC says.

Government says the licence will be opened to Nigerians and foreigners hoping to operate amateur radio and satellite services during their stay in the country.

Government says the licence will be opened to Nigerians and foreigners hoping to operate amateur radio and satellite services during their stay in the country.
Government says the licence will be opened to Nigerians and foreigners hoping to operate amateur radio and satellite services during their stay in the country.

Prospective operators of amateur radio and satellite services in Nigeria must be over 18 years old and fulfil other eligibility requirement of NCC, the telecoms regulator overseeing operations of the service across the country.

According to the “Draft Authorization Framework For The Use of Amateur Radio in Nigeria” issued by NCC, to be eligible, prospective operators must be technically competent to operate Amateur Radio Station in line with ITU-R M.1544, which covers the basic skills required of an Amateur Operator.

They must also have passed the written examination and the practical Morse code test conducted by NCC or a recognized authority in another country, according to the regulator’s eligibility rules.

NCC says it will issue the three underlisted Amateur Radio licences:

A Novice Class Amateur Radio Authorization is the most basic Amateur Radio Authorization available to the individual operator to introduce him/her to the hobby. Privileges include four bands in the HF range, one band in the VHF range (30-300 MHz), and one band in the UHF range (300-3,000 MHz).

General Class Amateur Radio Authorization: For this class of licence, the operator is required to have extensive knowledge of amateur radio theory and the corresponding practical skills.

The Advanced Class Amateur Radio Authorization: is the highest authorization available. The operator is required to have an extensive practical skills, in keeping with the privileges associated with the General Class Amateur Radio Authorization, which would create a solid foundation for the skills and operating privileges associated with the Advanced Class Amateur Radio Authorization.

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“For applicants who are Nigerian citizens, the Commission shall ascertain their technical qualifications and if satisfied, proceeds with the processing of the application. The applicant is informed accordingly if the application is successful or not”, according to the NCC rules.

The regulator says that “Foreign Applicant who hold an authorization to operate an amateur radio station shall be issued a licence to operate an amateur radio station while in Nigeria. The applicant can apply for the period of stay in Nigeria not exceeding one year.”

According to NCC, “For foreign applicants, the Commission will liaise with their home country licensing authorities to ascertain validity of the documents submitted to support proof of their level of competence. Once confirmation is received, the Commission shall determine the equivalent Amateur licence type to be issued and consequently advise the applicant whether the application is successful or not.”

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