The Telecommunications Commission (the “Commission”) is hereby initiating a consultation process to review the National Table of Frequency Allocations (NTFA) in the Turks and Caicos Islands (“TCI”). All operators who are licensed to use spectrum are directly affected by and, therefore, considered parties to this consultation process.
Radio waves that are transmitted by telecommunications networks ignore borders and can result in interference. The problem of interference is growing as the use of spectrum becomes more intense. Consequently, international coordination of spectrum use is necessary. The ITU is the main forum which coordinates the use of spectrum at the international level. This is achieved by means of the ITU’s Radio Regulations which are updated every few years at the ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs). The Radio Regulations determine how the radio frequency spectrum is shared between different services, how satellite orbits are to be used, and how equipment and systems must operate to avoid interference with each other.
The Radio Regulations also play an important role in determining which spectrum bands telecommunications hardware manufacturers will use when developing handsets and new telecommunications networking equipment. Manufacturers are more likely to develop the necessary hardware if spectrum is allocated in a sufficiently large number of countries, on a sufficiently large overall scale, and in a manner, which will support the development of the necessary ecosystem for services that would use the hardware.
All referenced Government and Commission documents, is available on the Commission’s website at http://www.telecommission.tc/sitemap.html.
Respondents who wish to provide comment on this Consultation Document are invited to do so in written form. Responses should, ideally, be submitted to the Commission in electronic form to facilitate further distribution and posting on the Commission’s website.
The filing deadlines for Initial Responses and Reply Responses are as follows:
Responses must be received by the Commission no later than 3:30 p.m. local time on May 4, 2021.
Responses to this Consultation Document may be submitted to one or more of the following addresses:
E-mail to: email@example.com
Delivery (paper and electronic copy) by hand or by courier is also possible to:
Mr. Kenva Williams,
Turks and Caicos Islands Telecommunications Commission,
Turks and Caicos Islands