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External News

Dublin, 23 March, 2014 - Access to broadband could be the universal catalyst that lifts developing countries out of poverty and puts access to health care, education and basic social services within reach of all, according to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which met in Dublin this weekend.

Television now 55% digital as analogue broadcasting switch-off advances worldwide - TV market diversifies, competition intensifies, with IPTV,digital terrestrial, cable and DTH satellite all vying for viewer share

Phillip Paulwell

October 11, 2013: Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the Hon. Phillip Paulwell has expressed his disappointment at the results of the 700 MHz Auction, which was conducted by the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) and ended today.

The Telecommunications (Amendment) Act, 2012 (“the Act”) came into effect on May 24, 2012 upon assent by the Governor-General following approval of amendments to the Telecommunications Act, 2000 by the House of Representatives and Senate on May 1 and May 4, 2012 respectively.


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The Spectrum Management Authority is the national regulator for the radio frequency spectrum and, as such, is an advisory body to the Minister with principal responsibility for telecommunications who has the responsibility for the regulation of the spectrum under the Telecommunications Act, 2000.

Spectrum Management

Management of spectrum is the combination of administrative and technical procedures with legal procedures necessary to ensure efficient operation of radio communication services without causing harmful interference.

Licensing & Authorization

All users of the radio frequency spectrum, unless otherwise stated are required to have a spectrum license according to the Telecommunication Act 2000.  In fulfilling its mandate to ensure the efficient management of the radio frequency spectrum, the Authority issues Licences, Authorisations and Certifications.