'Radio spectrum', often just abbreviated to ‘spectrum’ is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is usable for radio transmissions. Radio frequencies in this range can be used for many different types of communications, such as television, radio, mobile phone and broadband services.
The UK Wireless Telegraphy Act (of Parliament) 2006 is extended to the Isle of Man by Statutory Instrument. Ofcom is therefore responsible for the licensing of radio spectrum in the Isle of Man under that legislation. The Commission works in close consultation with Ofcom to ensure that the differences between UK and Isle of Man Government policies are considered.
Under the Radio Mast Regulation Act 1988, the Commission also licenses the commercial site sharing of transmitter mast facilities on the Island for both the public and the private sectors.
Through our contractor, ManSat, the Commission places filings for geostationary satellite orbital slots through Ofcom to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Spectrum is a finite, natural resource that will play a key role in underpinning our ever more mobile and data-hungry society. The spectrum left vacant following the switch off of analogue TV signals can be reused for other purposes, such as high-speed mobile broadband, further TV or other yet to be imagined services.
As part of our strategic review, we hope to consult later in the year on our process for awarding the Island’s spectrum.