Types of licences
Radio spectrum licences are divided into categories of apparatus licences (both transmitter licences and receiver licences) and class licences.
Apparatus licences are used in circumstances where the highest degree of regulatory supervision is required:
- a transmitter licence authorises the operation of specified radio spectrum transmitters.
- a receiver licence authorises the operation of specified radio spectrum receivers.
Class licences are required for a lighter form of regulation and involve only a simple notification to the Regulator. They set out rights and obligations that apply generally to persons who own or operate any niche or limited purpose radio spectrum devices.
The Office of the Regulator monitors compliance of all radio spectrum licences.
Licensing procedures & fees
The Regulator allocates and issues radio spectrum licences by reference to the Rule for the Licensing of Radio Spectrum Services in Samoa which sets out the licensing procedure.
Applications for an apparatus licence (i.e. receiver licence and/or transmitter licence) must be in writing in the prescribed form and accompanied by the prescribed fee.
Class licences do not involve the same application process as for individual licences. Instead, the person proposing to operate under a class licence must first notify the Office of the Regulator in writing of their intention to own or operate telecommunications services under that licence.
- Community Radio Broadcasting Services
- Non Commercial Broadcasting Services
- Commercial Broadcasting Services
- Subscription Television Services
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