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”.