In a press release dated 16 August 2016, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has awarded local mobile operators CCT Wireless, Digicel and Flow spectrum in the 700MHz, 1900MHz and AWS-1 (2100MHz/1700MHz) bands, following the conclusion of its recent ‘Spectrum Award 2016’ process. While the watchdog has yet to reveal the precise spectrum allocations, it said that frequency authorisations will be granted to the operators on 23 August – subject to compliance with any agreed undertakings. Further, the TRC notes that each of the three operators was successful in terms of securing either its first or second spectrum preference.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in January this year CCT confirmed that the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court had backed its legal case against the TRC regarding the cellco’s exclusion from last year’s ‘Spectrum Award 2015’ process. In October 2015 TRC chief executive Guy Malone announced that only two of the country’s three mobile operators – Digicel and Flow – had applied for 4G spectrum, prompting locally-owned CCT to take legal action. Last month the TRC signalled its intention to stage a second frequency auction, with CCT now included.