Tender for island-wide WiMAX licences opens in January

3 Dec 2008

Jamaica’s Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) will next week invite proposals from companies interested in providing wireless broadband internet services using the 2.5GHz frequency band, with three licences expected to be granted in January 2009. Among other criteria, bidders must satisfy the regulator that they intend to offer low-cost and pre-paid packages, similar to those offered by wireless network operators. ‘I think this at least has the potential to double or triple whatever it [broadband subscriptions] is right now, especially in rural Jamaica, which is greatly underserved and this will give deep rural Jamaica a boost in terms of access to broadband,’ Telecoms Minister Derrick Smith told the Business Observer.

Jamaica, Digicel (Jamaica)