Radiocommunications Act, 1994
- Commenced on 3 June 1994
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 1996.]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Radiocommunications Act.
2. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—"aircraft station" has the meaning ascribed to it in the Schedule to this Act;"amateur radio station" has the meaning ascribed to it in the Schedule to this Act;"Authority" means the Communications Authority established under the Telecommunications Act;[Cap. 469]"Board" means the Board of Regulators appointed under the Telecommunications Act;[Cap. 469]"broadcaster" means a person licensed to operate a broadcasting service under the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Act or any Act amending or replacing that Act;[Cap. 154]"broadcasting service" means a radiocommunication service for reception by members of the general public;"broadcasting station" means a transmitting station used for the purpose of carrying on a broadcasting service;"certificate of competency" means a certificate in force under section ten;"Convention" means the International Telecommunication Convention signed at Nairobi on 6th November, 1982 or any other international telecommunication convention to which the Government is from time to time a party, and includes in either case any regulations or other subordinate instruments or provisions annexed thereto or made thereunder;"dealer" means a person who carries on a trade, business or industry in which transmitting stations or their component parts are assembled, manufactured, imported, bought, sold or exchanged or offered or exposed for sale or exchange;"diffusion" has the meaning ascribed to it in the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Act or any Act amending or replacing that Act;[Cap. 154]"distress call" means a radiocommunication concerning safety of life on land, at sea or in the air;"generating apparatus" means apparatus—(a)generating or designed to generate; or(b)liable to generate fortuitously;Hertzian waves of a frequency or kind prescribed by regulation;"harmful interference" means radiation, conduction or any other electromagnetic effect which—(a)prevents or impedes, or persistently or repeatedly interrupts, a radiocommunication service carried on in accordance with the provisions of this Act or of the Convention; and(b)is not caused by the working of a transmitting station in accordance with the provisions of this Act;"Hertzian waves" means electromagnetic waves of frequency not less than ten Hertz and not more than three million megaHertz;"licence" means a licence in force under this Act and "licenced" and "licensee" have corresponding meanings;"mobile station" has the meaning assigned to it in the Schedule to this Act;"radio station" means a receiving station or a transmitting station, or a receiving and transmitting station;"radio station apparatus" means any apparatus, equipment, instrument, pole, mast, standard, wire, cable, thing or means whatsoever designed, constructed or adapted for use in connection with, or for the purpose of conveying electrical energy to, a radio station;"radiocommunication" means the transmission and reception of sounds, graphic images or impulses wholly or partly by means of Hertzian waves;"radiocommunication service" means a service whose primary activity is the transmission or reception of radiocommunications;"receiving station" means apparatus designed, constructed or adapted for use for the reception of radiocommunications;"ship station" has the meaning ascribed to it in the Schedule to this Act;"telecommunication officer" has the same meaning as in the Telecommunications Act.[Cap. 469]"transmitting station" means apparatus (other than generating apparatus) designed, constructed or adapted for use for the transmission or emission of radiocommunications.
3. ApplicationThe provisions of this Act and of the Convention shall not apply to the Zambia Police Force or the Defence Force except in so far as they relate to—
Part II – Functions of Communications Authority
4. General supervision and control of radiocommunications
5. Approval of sites, allocation of frequencies, etc.
Part III – Licences and certificates
7. Conditions of licences
8. Duration of licences
9. Licences not transferableA licence shall not be capable of being bought, sold, leased, mortgaged or charged or in any manner assigned, demised or encumbered.
10. Certificate of competency to operate amateur radio stationOn application in writing and on payment of such fees as the Minister, on the advice of the Authority, may by regulation prescribe, the Authority may issue a certificate of competency to a person who appears to the Authority to hold the qualifications and experience prescribed by regulation as being necessary for operating an amateur radio station.
11. Unauthorised activities
12. Suspension or revocation of licence or certificate
Part IV – Miscellaneous
14. Notice to be given of certain works
15. Unauthorised disclosure of messages
16. Obstruction of radio transmissionsA person who without lawful authority, by any radiation (whether continuous or intermittent) of electromagnetic energy by means of an apparatus designed or adapted for the purpose, disturbs, obstructs or impedes any radiocommunication or other operation of a radio station shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months, or to both.[As amended by Act No. 13 of 1994]
17. Powers of inspection
18. Miscellaneous offences
19. Forfeiture of equipment
21. Repeal of Cap. 796; of the old edition and savings
History of this document
31 December 1996 this version
03 June 1994
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