All frequency licences are subject to administrative charges, cf. Section 12-1 of the Electronic Communications Act. The basis for determining administrative charges can be found in the Administrative Charges Regulations. The annual frequency charges can be found in the related document to the right. The next year's estimated frequency charges shall be published before the end of the calendar year.
In Section 2 of the Administrative Charges Regulations the following is specified about the charge period:
"Administrative charges are calculated either as a one-time administrative charge or as annual administrative charges for whole calendar years (charge period).
An administrative charge shall be paid for the calendar year during which the licence, registration or authorisation is valid at the start of the year. An administrative charge shall also be paid for the entire calendar year for the year registration is effected or the licence or authorisation granted. If the licence, registration or authorisation is terminated before the end of a calendar year, there will be no administrative charges for the following year.”
Nkom issues licences on an on-going basis during the year based on applications that are submitted. Applicants cannot request that a licence is issued for a specific date.
Section 2, second paragraph, second sentence of the Administrative Charges Regulations stipulates that the applicant must pay the full annual administrative charge for the year for which the licence was issued, regardless of the time of the year the licence was issued. The administrative charge follows the calendar year. If a frequency is licence is issued, for example, in December, the annual administrative charge for the entire calendar year must be paid.
Section 2, second paragraph, third sentence of the Administrative Charges Regulations entails that if the licence has not been terminated as of 31 December in a calendar year, the full annual administrative charge must be paid for the following year.
Pursuant to Section 10-8 of the Electronic Communications Act, Nkom may withdraw the licence and refuse to issue a new licence if the administrative charge has not been paid.