Due to the characteristics of radio frequencies, which do not obey the restrictions of national borders, it is necessary to have an international framework of spectrum allocation and thereby mitigate the risk of interference. At the highest level, this is done within the International Telecommunications Union, the ITU, which is an affiliated body of the UN. Countries, usually acting within large regional blocs, agree in the ITU the basic allocation of spectrum to specified services.
While the ITU sets out a very broad framework for spectrum use at a global level, and regional bodies may add a greater degree of specificity to that framework, it is still for the individual country, such as the Solomon Islands, to decide how it will ultimately allocate its spectrum, albeit that it should do so in line with its international commitments.
The National Band Plan is the depiction of national decisions on spectrum use.
The TCSI recently launched a consultation paper on the National Band Plan. Click here for details.
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