20 March 2018

Mozambique: Regulator Bans Phone Equipment Causing Interference

Maputo — The Mozambique National Communications Institute (INCM), the country's telecommunications regulatory body, has banned the import, sale or use of equipment with the DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication) 6.0 technology which operates in the frequency range of 1900 to 2100 MHz, since it interferes with the 3G Internet network.

Speaking at a Maputo press conference on Monday, the INCM's Director of Radio Communications and Technology, Hilario Tamele, said that wireless telephones figure on the list of banned apparatus. This is because they use a frequency that belongs to mobile telephony services.

“We are banning the use of equipment that interferes in the services whose use is planned in Mozambique”, said Tamele. “Each country has its own national plan of frequencies, where each communication system operates on the basis of the frequencies made available. We have a specific range of frequencies for the DECT and other wireless telephones. But what's happening is a proliferation of equipment functioning outside the planned frequency range, and they are the subjects of this ban”.

The banned equipment uses frequencies allocated to mobile phone companies - more exactly, for their 3G Internet services. This clash of frequencies means that the mobile phone operators suffer interference, which reduces the quality of the cell phone service.

Tamele insisted that telecommunications equipment acquired for use in Mozambique must respect the rules laid down by the INCM, and anything that does not will be banned.

Also banned, he announced, are the import, sale or use of communications equipment that pose a threat to the health of the users, or which endanger the safety of aircraft, maritime or terrestrial communications - such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone, which Samsung recalled and eventually discontinued, after defects in the phone batteries had caused fires and explosions.

Tamele, cited in Tuesday's issue of the independent paper “O Pais”, said that suppliers, sellers and users of telecommunications equipment can contact the INCM for further information on what equipment is allowed into the country and what is banned.

The INCM is working with the Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC), the Attorney-General's Office, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Customs Service to ensure that none of the problem equipment is sold or used in Mozambique.

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