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  • "Current regulation imposes license for netwk establishment & ... authoriza. letter for 2.4GHz band... The telecom sector is such that at present the implementation of the regulation poses some problems. But soon, with a new regulation, certainly all aspects of telecommunications will be considered - the technology changes fast, and regulation is often 'late'..." ---Wireless Networks for the Developing World: The Regulation and Use of Licence-Exempt Radio Bands in Africa by Isabel Neto (June 2004), pages 183 and 200.
  • Article 10-3 of the "Code des Télécoms" (Law No. 95-526, 7 July 1995) concerns "radioelectric installations exclusively made up of apparatuses of low power and limited range" but the text of this law seems not to be online. A French-language summary of the code on the website of Agence des Télécommunications de Côte d'Ivoire (ATCI) suggests these devices were subject to general authorization. However, parts of the "Code des Télécoms" were suspended on 22 January 2004 by "Decret N° 2004-91 - Portant définition d'une période transitoire avant l'ouverture à la Concurrence du secteur des Télécommunications" (conveying the definition of a transitional period before the telecommunications sector is opened to competition). See also "Décret 97-391 du 9 juillet 1997 définissant les catégories et les modalités d'octroi des autorisations d'établissement et d'exploitation des réseaux radioélectriques (1997 decree on radio network authorisations) and "Ordonnace 97-173 du 19 mars 1997 relative aux droits, taxes et redevances sur les télécommunications" (1997 edict on rights, taxes and fees for telecommunications). The fees set in the latter document may not be current.
  • ATCI "has considerable powers and is responsible for allocating and managing spectrum. Almost 70% of the ATCI budget derives from spectrum fees, and a further 9% from auction fees applied on mobile licences... Broadcasting spectrum is managed by CNCA (Le Conseil National de la Communication Audiovisuelle)... Spectrum is awarded on demand..." --- from West African Common Market Project: Harmonization of Policies Governing the ICT Market [in] the UEMOA-ECOWAS Space - Radio Spectrum Management, by Michel Schaar and Dr. Chris Doyle, International Telecommunication Union/the European Union, September 2005, pages 10-11.
  • "Telecommunications Reform in Côte d'Ivoire" by Tchetche N'Guessan and Jean-Jacques Laffont, World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 2895, September 2002.

Africa - Regional Overview