MACRA's Director General,
Nsaliwa said the equipment will help the regulatory body to monitor the use of radio frequencies in
"The Communications Act mandates MACRA to regulate access to and use of radio frequencies in
"As the ICT sector in
"Presently MACRA monitors broadcasting stations and telecommunication services using its monitoring sites in
Nsaliwa said currently, MACRA cannot manage to monitor the rest of
He said MACRA will continue to invest in monitoring infrastructure noting that if left unattended it can be a threat to the country and in the process making the spectrum to be scarce in the country due to congestion which can be caused by illegal operators.
"Let me tell you that on the global level,
Director for Telecommunications at MACRA, Lloyd Momba said the new machine can monitor from a distance of 60 to 80 kilometers adding the equipment will monitor any person who is using the spectrum at that time and shall be able to detect any illegal operator.
"You remember in the past we have been arresting people for operating radios without license like the case of Gabriel Kondesi in Mulanje, this is the type of machine we use to trace those illegal operators.
"If the spectrum cannot be used properly even planes can fail to land or take off at the Airport since there can be interferences which can make authorities fail to communicate properly," said Momba.
In October, 2009, police arrested Gabriel Kondesi (21) for operating a radio station without a license. Sympathizers, however, came in to his rescue and got him out of jail and he then was enrolled at the Kaphuka private school after he was given a scholarship to continue with his studies.
The FMM equipment has been constructed by
Moalosi said many countries have already acquired the modern equipment citing countries like
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