Under the Telecommunications Act 1984 (of Tynwald), the Communications Commission exercises its functions in the manner that we consider best promotes the interests of consumers, purchasers and other users of telecommunications services in the Island.
We aim to ensure that all those who run telecommunications systems are licensed to do so and that each licensee operates under the terms and conditions of their licence.
We work in coordination with other departments to implement the Government’s broader e-business strategy and liaise closely with Ofcom on a range of mutually concerning matters, such as telephone numbering and telecoms use of spectrum.
The Isle of Man has very good telecoms networks and services. Manx Telecom operates the Island’s fixed-line network, providing voice and broadband services, as well as a 3G mobile network. In 2007, Cable & Wireless, trading as Sure, began operating on the Island and provide a 3G mobile network as well as other broadband services.
A report compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Commission in 2009, found that the Island has virtually 100% broadband availability, with 72% of households connected via broadband – at speeds of up 16Mb/s with ADSL2+. At the end of June 2010 household penetration had risen to 79.6%. Domicilium, Wi-Manx, Manx Computer Bureau, Netcetera, BlueWave Communications and e-llan communications are all licensed to provide internet-related services.
We are currently conducting a wide-ranging strategic review of communications and have published our plans for a new Manx approach to telecoms regulation.