Revamped spectrum rules coming to the Eastern Caribbean

?: Mary Theresa McLean from Pixabay 

The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), the supra-national regulator for a number of Eastern Caribbean countries, is considering further revisions to its spectrum management plan (“SMP”).

The ECTEL SMP divides the radio frequency spectrum of the ECTEL Member States into several frequency bands and designates the general purposes for which each radio frequency band can be used.

The proposed amendments to the SMP seem mostly geared towards aligning frequency allocations with international best practices. The proposed amendments are based on the International Telecommunication Union’s Region 2 Allocations and also seem to draw inspiration from the Federal Communications Commission’s move to free up the 700mhz band in the USA, in the wake of the switch to digital television in that country.

The current consultations will result in the third revision to the SMP. It was originally published in 2006 and later amended in 2012.

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