In September 2004 the Caribbean Ministers of Telecommunications, directed the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) to establish a Spectrum Management Task Force to examine and make recommendations on the following issues: • Establishment of the infrastructure to manage the wireless environment • Assessment of the free spectrum • Un-licensing of specific frequency bands • Determine the best practices for interference management and frequency monitoring • Appropriate spectrum allocation and assignment approaches This paper will discuss how the CTU proposes to implement this directive. It will also identify the objectives to be achieved by the adoption of a harmonised approach to spectrum management particularly in like of the establishment of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy and the ever increasing use of wireless technology in the provision of new services across the region as the telecommunication sector is liberalized and opened to competition. The paper will identify the need to revise spectrum management 1
The Central Information Technology office has been mandated to develop and implement the National Information, Communications and Technology Strategy. The EPowering Strategy 2007 – 2012 has been developed and widely circulated. The vision and the 7 dimensions of the E-Powering Strategy have been adopted within the Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan.