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Wireless Telecommunications Licenses Awarded 30 September 2003

The Communications Commission has authorised two Isle of Man companies to provide wireless delivery of telecommunications services.

Domicilium Ltd will be using spectrum in the 3.4GHz band to offer Public Fixed Wireless Access (PFWA). PFWA is a radio-based technology particularly suitable for internet provision to the residential and small office/home office (SOHO) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) markets. The Commission had invited expressions of interest in providing 3.4GHz PFWA in the summer. Jon Allen, Managing Director of Domicilium, commented:

Domicilium is very excited about how 3.4GHz brings a new dimension to our island-wide wireless network. We have a number of products in the pipeline to exploit secure, high bandwidth connections.

Manx Telecom Ltd is to operate in the 28GHz Broadband Fixed Wireless Access (BFWA) band. Initially Manx Telecom will ‘backhaul’ mobile phone traffic over 28GHz links, bypassing the Dalton Street exchange and further increasing network resilience. These frequencies can also deliver broadband services to those few areas in the Island out of ADSL reach.

The United Kingdom has also recently allocated licences at 3.4 and 28GHz. Fixed Wireless Access in the Isle of Man will, because of the need for international co-ordination of radio spectrum, use the same technical criteria as in the UK. One 3.4GHz and three 28GHz licences are available in any particular area.

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