Spec­trum has kept us con­nected – Wheat­ley


Science, En­ergy and Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter Dr An­drew Wheat­ley has lauded the role of the Spec­trum Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (SMA) in ad­vanc­ing Ja­maica’s telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and broad­band land­scape over the last 15 years.

He said the SMA, which is the na­tional reg­u­la­tor for the ra­dio fre­quency spec­trum, has fa­cil­i­tated ex­pan­sion in a num­ber of en­ti­ties.

Th­ese, the min­is­ter out­lined, in­cludes more than 20 ra­dio sta­tions, three lo­cal free-to-air tele­vi­sion sta­tions and a num­ber of agen­cies of­fer­ing ca­ble chan­nels and In­ter­net ca­pa­bil­i­ties, among other ser­vices.

“The SMA has sin­gle-hand­edly kept us con­nected. This is in­deed a tremen­dous re­spon­si­bil­ity, and on be­half of the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­maica and the min­istry, I com­mend the SMA for the tremen­dous ser­vice that you have been giv­ing to this coun­try,” Wheat­ley said.

He was speak­ing at the SMA’s 15th an­niver­sary awards din­ner at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel in New Kingston last Wed­nes­day.

Wheat­ley said the Gov­ern­ment and other stake­hold­ers have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently utilise the spec­trum “so that we are able to de­liver the qual­ity ser­vices that Ja­maicans de­serve”.


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