Overview of Licensing

The electromagnetic frequency spectrum is a limited natural resource of every country. Given the immense importance of this resource to development and progress, there occur from time to time, competing and sometimes conflicting demands for the same portion of spectrum.

As such, regulation in the term of spectrum management is necessary to ensure that this resource is managed and utilized in the most efficient and effective way for the benefit of the country.

One visual aspect of spectrum management is the employment of licensing to assign and manage spectrum usage.

"Licensing is the process of conferring the legal authority to operate a radio station under specific and stipulated conditions. To this end the ITU Radio Regulations state, in No. 2020, that no transmitter station may be established without a licence issued by the government of the administration to which the station belongs. In some administrations the right to use a radio receiving installation is also subject to licensing". (Handbook National Spectrum Management- Radiocommunication Bureau Geneva, 1995 )

Section 63(1) of the Post and Telegraph Act Chapter 47:01 states that, "No person shall establish any wireless telegraph station, or install or work any  apparatus for wireless telegraphy in any place, or on board any Commonwealth ship registered in Guyana, except under and in accordance with a licence granted in that behalf by the Minister....."

The National Frequency Management Unit has been tasked with the responsibility of receiving and processing applications for licences. Application forms for the various types of services can be uplifted from the Unit's office located at 68 Hadfield Street, D'Urban Park, Georgetown or downloaded from this website. Completed application forms are to be submitted to our office in hard copy for processing.

In granting a licence, several factors have to be considered, some of these are:

  • Agreements with other countries
  • Provisions of existing licences
  • The public interest and the extraction of maximum benefits from the radio spectrum
  • Electromagnetic compatibility of apparatus
  • Government policies.

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