Radio spectrum is a valuable national resource requiring careful management. It is a finite resource that is a critical input for a wide range of wireless electronic communications services. Since liberalisation, the market for spectrum has become increasingly competitive, as reflected by the sector’s strong demand for spectrum resources.
URCA’s spectrum management function includes:
- Development and implementation of market policy, including spectrum pricing
- Enhancement of spectrum management capacities, including grant authorizations
- Monitoring of compliance factors and issues
As it is a national resource, all payments of fees related to the allocation and use of spectrum are payable to the Government of The Bahamas. While URCA is responsible for determining the fee structure and how standard spectrum is allocated, responsibility for determining how prime spectrum is allocated and its corresponding fee structure rests with the Minster with responsibility for the electronic communications (ECS).
On September 1st in 2009, URCA issued a statement informing stakeholders of existing spectrum allocation and assignments, which remained in force until March 2010 when URCA published a National Spectrum Plan.
National Spectrum Plan
URCA published a two-year National Spectrum Plan in March 2010. The plan consolidates The Bahamas’ strategic policy objectives for the national market, with international market standards, including global radio spectrum allocation and technical standards for international connectivity, as stipulated by the International Telecommunication Union’s Radio Regulations.