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Broadband Fixed Wireless Access 20 November 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. The withdrawal of an applicant who had been offered a licence following the Communication Commission’s invitation in March 2006 means that one spectrum licence of 2 x 30 MHz remains available in the 3.6 GHz band, as well as two licences of 2 x 112 GHz in the 28 GHz band.

Three operators, Domicilium Limited, Manx Telecom Limited and Wi-Manx Limited, are already licensed to use parts of the 3.5 GHz, 3.6GHz 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 .

Expressions of interest in providing FWA in the Isle of Man using either of the above bands should be made in writing to the Communications Commission by Friday 22 December 2006 specifying which band(s) is/are of interest. Should any licences remain available thereafter, the Commission reserves the right to consider any future applications on a first come, first served basis. 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.

Communications Commission
Salisbury House
Victoria Street
Tel: 01624 677022
Fax: 01624 626499

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