Telecoms Regulator To Release Mobile Spectrum

August 12, 2015

The Regulatory Authority has today published a consultation concerning its intention to release valuable mobile spectrum. Spectrum is naturally occurring, Government owned radio frequency used to transmit data through the air which is managed by the Authority under the Electronic Communications Act 2011.

The spectrum the Authority is proposing to release has been designated for use in mobile networks which allows data and voice calls to be transmitted between mobile customers. Details of the consultation, called HDS-1, can be found at the Authority’s website at

Regulatory Authority Chief Executive Robert Watson said, “The Authority is proposing to require the winners of the newly released spectrum to give quality of service guarantees including better coverage within the islands of Bermuda, fewer dropped calls, better voice quality and higher minimum data download speeds on the mobile network.”

The Authority reasons that, imposing these conditions on spectrum winners would have the effect of better services being delivered to Bermuda residents and international visitors who roam on local mobile networks.

Persons who wish to provide comment on the Authority’s proposal can do so by emailing please be sure to include “HDS-1” in the subject line of the email.

The Consultation Document follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. nomoremoney says:

    forcing standards of service?? Got my votes , oh yes, all the local providers under the authority need to pay attention. The times they are a changin!

  2. what...the says:

    These guys make me laugh…. they take the spectrum from people that are using it (costing them money and time) so that they can “re-issue” it to another providor.

    The RA are constantly taking from one providor to satisfy the whim of the other richer one…

    • Um.... says:

      Actually, from what I understand, they only made one provider give up the portions of a frequency that they weren’t using. Before the RA, a provider was given all of the bands of frequency that Digicel and CellOne would need for LTE. This was done by the Ministry Of Telecommunications. So all the RA said was that if you aren’t using it, then you need to give it back or pay for it based on your future needs. But it’s in the best interest of the island that resources like spectrum are divided fairly based on a providers needs for it. Hoarding spectrum doesn’t benefit the consumer.

    • Lala says:

      Umm, this portion of the spectrum will allow faster mobile data speeds. They are doing the right thing.

  3. George says:

    I smell another law suite in the making!

  4. bad idea says:

    Gov needs to implement super Wifi(white space) that has a reach of 63 miles. this will push the island forward. cell phone companies need to be wiped out. the cost is too much for so little.

    • frank says:

      Ra needs. To make the cell providers stop scaming folks with these unfair data plans

  5. Hoolieh says:

    Why doesn’t the RA enforce current law. I’ve had Internet outages degradation both at home and work more than several times in the last two months.

    The quality and consistency of service is terrible; even more noted now that we wholely rely on the Internet………….for everything!

    There is no explanation or acknowledgement of outages by providers?

    Had enough!