The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) was set up to regulate the country’s broadcasting sector, telecommunications and postal service. The institution replaced the former Namibian Communications Commission.
CRAN has a number of responsibilities, chief among them to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations; to grant, renew, amend, transfer, suspend and revoke licences; to implement a transparent and fair pricing regime; to respond to consumer complaints; to protect consumers in respect of prices, quality, variety of services and user equipment supplied; to promote competition amongst service providers; and to manage spectrum planning and allocation.
In November 2014, the licensing organization had awarded 34 licenses over a period of three years, between 18 May 2011 and 1 April 2014. 41% of those licences were given to commercial broadcasting services, 30% for telecommunications and 23% for community broadcasting institutions.