Guyana’s National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) has switched on three spectrum monitoring stations that will allow the regulator to determine whether spectrum is being used illegally as well as detect and monitor licenced spectrum, including frequencies used by the nation’s mobile providers. Demerara Waves quotes Minister of Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes, as saying that: ‘For the first time, we can measure accurately how that spectrum is being used, who is using that spectrum. We can bring transparency to the process, we can ensure that we reduce the illegal use of spectrum.’ The installation comprises one fixed site – located at the NFMU headquarters – plus two mobile, trailer-mounted stations, and cost USD563,873. A spokesperson for the watchdog noted that more stations will be installed in other areas of the country in the future. The upgrade comes as the NFMU gears up for reforms that will see the watchdog rolled into a new regulatory authority, the National Telecommunication Agency (NTA). Further, the information gathered by the sites will help inform spectrum-related policy-making.
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