Guidelines for Broadcasting Radio Spectrum Licenses

Media broadcasting in Somalia is evolving. Nowadays, there is more than just one radio and television. Somalia boasts one national radio and television, as well as local, rebroadcasts, cable, and satellite distribution of radio and television services from overseas. Wireless and online services are also available.

Given these developments, there is a need to develop Somalia’s own media and give Somali people a voice in order to support national development. The number of applications to set up new local FM services has also increased in recent years.

The purpose of these guidelines is to help members of the general public who wish to apply for a Broadcasting Radio License. The Guidelines can help make the application process: Clearer, simpler and transparent.

The Guidelines explain clearly the process to be followed in order to apply for a broadcasting Radio license.

The Guidelines provide advice regarding the various types of licenses which can be issued by the National Communication Authority (NCA) and are the requirements to obtain a license. There are two types of broadcasting stations: terrestrial and satellite.

These guidelines apply to terrestrial broadcasting stations only. For information, historically all terrestrial stations in Somalia have been using analog technology. However, keeping in line with the global & regional trend towards the adoption of more efficient digital technology, the digital switchover in Somalia is planned to be completed by July 15, 2019.

The analog broadcasting stations have a legacy to use either MF/HF, VHF, or UHF spectrum for transmission. Because of the long-distance propagation characteristics of electromagnetic waves in MF/HF, VHF, and UHF bands. In order to ensure the interference-free the international or regional spectrum planning is done.

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