What does the term “spectrum management” mean?

Spectrum management refers to the management of the use of radio frequencies in an optimal way to meet the simultaneous demands of all users for successful wireless communications. This management takes place on national, regional and global bases.

What is the objective of the Caribbean Spectrum Planning and Management Project?

The objective of the Caribbean Spectrum Planning and Management Project is to deepen the harmonisation of spectrum planning and management policies and practices across the region. This initiative is managed by the CTU to promote improved coordination in the use of radio frequencies at the regional level by working with governments, telecommunication regulators, operating companies and industry developers.

This project achieves this goal through the following two committees:

  • Spectrum Management Task Force – This multi-stakeholder technical group includes government policy makers, telecommunications regulators, telecommunications operators, industry developers and academia and focuses on technical issues.
  • Spectrum Management Steering Committee – Essentially government policy-makers and regulators, this group guides the work of the Task Force.

All 20 CTU member states, any non-member regional countries and any other stakeholders are welcome to participate in this project.

Who are the stakeholders of this project?

CTU member states, participating non-member regional countries , telecommunications regulators, operating companies, technology developers and researchers active in the Caribbean are stakeholders of this project.

How is this project funded?

Over the period 2013 to 2016, this project has been funded by:  

  • The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on behalf of its eight member countries who are beneficiaries under the project (Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Compete Caribbean, a development agency with which the IDB is affiliated along with the Governments of Canada and the UK, on behalf of six eastern Caribbean states who are beneficiaries under the project (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
  • The beneficiaries themselves, the CTU and participants not funded by the IDB or Compete Caribbean, through contributions of cash, services, facilities or human resources.

The funding agencies are very involved in the fiduciary management of the conduct of the project activities (accounting, procurement and procedural matters) as well as in tracking achievement of project objectives.

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