Wireless Device Licensing in Africa

Device licensing is the process of allowing many users in one computer system without any authenticity needed to login in. Licensing wireless device comes with a load of benefits the biggest one being the ability to control your end product. Licensing also gives security to your data and information. It also helps combine technology with your products hence giving you the ability to meet the needs of your customers with ease.

There are various bodies that are given the responsibility of controlling electronic device licensing in Africa. The federal communications have been since 1934 the body that is in charge of telecommunication. The FCC was initially formed to be in charge of regulating government monopolies in radios and televisions (Mbarika 2006). Since then the FCC has been developed to be in charge of device licensing in electronics and also controlling interstate and international communications in various continents in the world. The FCC controls communication in terms of devices like radio, television, satellites, wires, and cables.

Electronic and wireless licensing has been established in Africa and it has been of great advantage to many Africans. Through the collaboration of various countries like China, Africa has greatly developed in terms of telecommunication in more than fifty countries on the continent (Johns B 2011). Modern telecommunication, one of them being the electronic and wireless device licensing has made many countries grow in terms of raising people’s standards of living and also easy access to modern methods of communication. This eventually leads to the growth of the economy and local business.

Africa has some countries that have some good and developed programs that are able to handle the licensing of devices and also approval and certification of products. Such countries include South Africa and Egypt. In Egypt, for example, the fact that it is the leading country in terms of exporting petroleum products and crude oil makes it an attractive market for consumer electronic products. Egypt also has a large number of populations in terms of those who use mobile phones and also those who use the internet. The national telecommunication regulatory authority is the main agency in Egypt that enhances certification, and sets the compliance criteria in various sectors like health, security, wireless and telecommunication (Mbarika 2006). A major advantage of NRTA is that it does not produce certificates that expire after a while unless there are critical components in the products that need change. With this, the modified product is supposed to be submitted to the agency for approval and also evaluation.

South Africa is the sixth most populated country in Africa has been ranked 19th globally in terms of cell phone users and also 52nd globally in terms of individuals who access the internet. South Africa has a body that is in charge of electronic and wireless compliance. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa regulates communications, broadcasting and also postal services in the country (Johns B 2011). It is also responsible for TTE and also certification of wireless products. ICASA has a local representative whose role is to regulate the marking of products. ICASA has certificates that do not expire and the certificates are only updated in case the product is modified.

In Africa, wireless device licensing has challenges caused by poverty and infrastructure problems. Regulatory and licensing in Africa does not include radio bands. Regulatory bodies in Africa have challenges getting into the market because of range, power service restrictions, and certification requirements. Infrastructure and alternative regulatory bodies can easily promote connectivity (Johns B 2011). The countries that are affected by the political instability change of regime and economic factors are not able to initiate electronic and wireless processing programs.

The electronic and wireless device licensing has been of great impact in Africa in terms of improving the standards of living and growth of technology. However, there are various issues like poor infrastructure, political instability, and power and services restrictions.

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Mbarika, V. W., & Mbarika, I. (2006). Africa calling [African wireless connection]. IEEE Spectrum, 43(5),