Fourth wireless licence ‘a possibility’

26 Nov 2010

The Jamaican government is reported to be considering auctioning a fourth mobile licence, following the surrender of AT&T’s concession five years ago. The Spectrum Management Authority (SMA), which regulates users of radio spectrum on behalf of the government, has invited ‘expressions of interest’ for bandwidth in the 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands. ‘These bands can be used for both 2G and 3G mobile usage,’ SMA chairman Robert Lawrence said in a written response to enqueries by local newspaper The Jamaican Observer. The purpose of the ‘expression of interest’ is to determine the level of interest in, and the demand for, the two bands. The information will assist in determining the choice of allocation, the mechanism for assignment, licensing terms and conditions and pricing, for the 30MHz of spectrum available.