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GUINEA

  • "...The regulator DNPT (Direction Nationale des Postes et Télécommunications) is jointly responsible for spectrum allocation with the ministry (Ministère de la Communication)..." --- 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, page 12.
  • From IFEX Communique Vol. 14, No. 36 (16 September 2005): "The President of Guinea, Lansana Conté signed a decree on 20 August 2005 that enables private citizens and organisations to broadcast, ending a 14-year ban. Local journalists said pressure from donors, especially the European Union, and a strong local campaign led to the lifting of the ban..." The Committee to Protect Journalists adds that "Guinea [is] one of the last countries in Africa, along with Zimbabwe and Eritrea" to authorise private broadcasting, but still "the government could delay its implementation or use red tape to block license applications." Here is the full text of Decret 037D/2005, in French.
  • "Guinea: Minister censors all private radio stations," by the Media Foundation for West Africa (via IFEX and Newswatch India), 23 January 2007: "The Minister of Information of Guinea, Boubacar Yacine Diallo, on 15 January 2007 ordered all private and community radio stations not to broadcast any material on the ongoing general strike by the country's workers... Yacine Diallo has assumed the control of the state radio and television stations and personally edits the news for broadcasting. Following the government censorship orders, the private newspapers have also stopped publishing in solidarity with their colleagues in the electronic media... Guinea, the last country in West Africa to introduce independent broadcasting, opened up the airwaves for private broadcasting in early 2006."
  • "Profil résumé sur l'état des lieux du développement de l'usage des NTIC en Guinée" (Summary profile on the state of features of the development of the usage of new information and communication technologies in Guinea), Atelier TICAD sur le Developpement des Nouvelles Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication en Afrique (TICAD Workshop on the Development of New ICTs in Africa), 2003.
  • According to page 175 of Isabel Neto's Wireless Networks for the Developing World: The Regulation and Use of License-Exempt Radio Bands in Africa, licenses are automatically issued to authorize WLAN use of 2.4 GHz in Guinea, and there are "No explicit restriction on the type of service... However, a license is needed for phone to phone VoIP..." But on page 75, she also notes that "several countries are implementing new regulation, or changing the existing regulation [for the 2.4 GHz band]. Such are the cases of, for example, Guinea..." A correspondent told her, "For the moment there is no explicit regulation in this domain [WLANs]. This regulation is being discussed in the national assembly..." (page 201)

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