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Broadband Fixed Wireless Access 8 March 2006

    The Communications Commission is inviting further expressions of interest in the provision of Broadband Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). FWA is a radio-based technology particularly suitable for broadband internet provision to both the residential and business markets. Spectrum is potentially available in the 3.6 GHz, 10 GHz and 28 GHz bands. A number of licences will be available in each band. The current proposal is that the spectrum will be offered as 2 x 30 MHz (3.6 GHz and 10 GHz bands) and 2 x 112 GHz in the 28 GHz band.

    Two operators, Domicilium Limited and Manx Telecom Limited, are already licensed and use parts of the 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz bands. The availability of the radio delivery of telecoms services is part of the process of liberalisation of the Isle of Man's telecommunications market, endorsed by Tynwald in March 2002.

    An appropriate Telecommunications Act licence granted by the Communications Commission (or an amendment to an existing licence) is required to provide FWA services in the Isle of Man. In addition, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the UK regulator, will grant the associated Wireless Telegraphy Act licences.

    The frequency bands identified for FWA use in the Isle of Man are also used by similar services in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Frequency co-ordination between systems in the Isle of Man, the UK and the Republic of Ireland may be required and will be a licence condition. Well-established criteria and procedures exist for frequency co-ordination. Further information is available on the Ofcom website www.ofcom.org.uk.

    Expressions of interest in providing FWA in the Isle of Man using any of the above bands should be made in writing to the Commission by Friday 7 April 2006, specifying which band(s) is/are of interest. Potential applicants should indicate the identity of the company concerned and its expertise and track record in the relevant field. It should outline its intentions for the rollout of the technology and the marketing of services should it be successful in obtaining a licence.

    8th March 2006

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