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"African Regulatory Index Reports: Zambia," Technology Consulting Group Ltd./African ISP Association, June 2005: "The national regulator, the Communications Authority of Zambia (CAZ) is a statutory body established by Act of Parliament, Telecommunications Act No. 23 of 1994. It regulates the provisions of all telecommunication services, including products and supervises the radio frequency spectrum... The Ministry of Communications and Transport (MCT) is responsible for all activities in Zambia's telecommunications industry. It also oversees the functions of the Communications Authority... [R]egulatory barriers include delays in spectrum allocation and licensing requirements for wireless Internet provision..."
Article 11 of the Radio Communications Act of 1994 makes it an offense to possess, control or operate a radio station without a license. The table of license fees on CAZ's website says that a Citizen Band license costs K29,880 (€5.70). A cordless phone license costs K37,440 (€7.15). No license listed is specifically for wireless Internet access, but perhaps the license for a base station operating above 30MHz applies - that costs K62,460 (€11.95).
"Utilization of 5GHz band in Zambia" - this is CAZ's report on the possibility of using the 5.725 - 5.850 GHz band for Fixed Wireless Access and ISM applications. It had been allocated to the Amateur Radio Service, but hams seldom used it. Apparently CAZ decided to require licenses for FWA since, aside from the legal requirement, "Communications Authority in its infancy does not receive any Revenue from the Government, hence the need to License these systems (FWA) in order to raise Revenue..." The License Fees are the same as those charged for common carriers Microwave Frequencies - K250,020 per transmitter (€47.80).