New rules for LCA

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By Neo Kolane

The Lesotho Communication Authority (LCA), yesterday announced the promulgation of its Administrative (Amendment) Rules 2020 on October 30.

These Rules amend Rule (3) by removing the requirement for application by prior invitation and this is in accordance with the directive of the parliament of Lesotho dated November 11 2019.

“The impact of the Rules is that any prospective applicant can submit an application that meets the prescribed requirements together with payment of application fee to obtain a unified license and operate in Lesotho,” LCA boss ‘Mamarame Matela stated.

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Matela continued to say that since the establishment of LCA in 2000, the authority operated a licensing regime that maintained a closed market unified license, which allowed only two unified licenses within the market and limited the free entry of other competitors unless invited by the Authority.

“As we celebrate 20 years of existence, and chart the way forward into the next 20 marked by a digitally empowered nation, the Authority invited Basotho to take advantage of the opportunity presented by this transformation of policy brought by the parliament of Lesotho to stimulate fair competition, economic growth and prosperity,” Matela said