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Issuance of Permits

PROCEDURE IN GRANTING RADIO FREQUENCIES

The Authority grants licences for the establishment, installation and operation of media service providers, which is subject to the jurisdiction of the Republic.

Licences for the establishment, installation and operation of media service providers are granted to serve the public interest.

According to section 13(1) of the Radio and Television Stations Law 7(I) of 1998 (as amended subsequently), the number and coverage of radio stations are determined by the Authority on the basis of the broadcasting coverage scheme for radio and television prepared by the Director of Electronic Communications of the Ministry of Communications and Works which establishes the frequencies, the power and locations from which licensed television and radio broadcasting stations shall be transmitting.

The radio coverage scheme is published in the Official Gazette of the Republic and a period of three weeks is granted for the submission of objections by any person, natural or legal, who alleges that his legitimate interests are affected.

An objection against this scheme is submitted to the Chairman of the Authority and contains the grounds on which it is based.

The Authority ensures that objections against the scheme are examined promptly and submits its relevant report and suggestions to the Director of the Electronic Communications Department of the Ministry of Communications and Works.

In the event that a number of objections are submitted against the scheme, the Director of the Electronic Communications Department of the Ministry of Communications and Works ensures that the Authority’s report together with the scheme and submitted objections, including his own suggestions, are submitted to the Council of Ministers to take a decision as regards the objections and to ratify the scheme with any amendments decided.

The scheme, as ratified by the Council of Ministers, is made final and is published in the Official Gazette of the Republic.

If no objections are submitted to a scheme, the scheme is not submitted to the Council of Ministers for ratification, it becomes final and is then published by notification in the Official Gazette of the Republic.

The frequency, the radiated power and location from which the licensed radio station shall transmit, are determined by the Director of the Electronic Communications Department of the Ministry of Communications and Works and are set out in the relevant licence granted by the Authority.

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