In 2019, the Authority began to gather preliminary views on whether there was a demand for differing spectrum bands in the Isle of Man. It was thought that the release of such bands would facilitate the roll out of 5G Technologies as well as allow for the continuity of services.
The Authority developed a three pronged approach in which would allow for the gathering of information, learn more about industry opinions and consider the best way in which to manage the overall award process.
These three phases are broken down as follows:
- Phase one saw the initial consultation focus on the future use of Spectrum in the Isle of Man. This consultation took place during Q4 of 2019, with responses collated, analysed and published in April 2020.
- Phase two, the Authority began to gather industry thoughts on how best to manage the spectrum award process. This second consultation took place during Q3 of 2020 with responses collated, analysed and published in Q4 of 2020.
- Phase three, the Authority held meetings with relevant interested parties to discuss the award process in detail and to provide guidance on the application process. The Spectrum Award process began during Q1 of 2022.
Below is a table featuring a summary of the roadmap during each phase: