Advances in telecommunications technology may be unlimited, but the available spectrum that makes some of these advances accessible is a scarce resource. Radio stations, mobile phone operators, broadcast networks and aircraft control towers need separate frequencies to operate effectively. As more technologies are introduced in the society and all sectors of the economy, the demand for radio spectrum continues to grow and, therefore, must be regulated carefully.

Bands of spectrum exist in layers, and it is the role of CRA to regulate radio spectrum to allocate frequencies so technologies and devices using radio spectrum can operate without interference. As the regulatory authority body that monitors access to spectrum, CRA’s role is to carefully balance public and commercial interests in deciding allocation and assignment.

To meet this goal, CRA has developed a National Frequency Allocation Plan, and completed a public review of its Radio Spectrum Policy. The policy is now in force to:

  • Provide a transparent, nondiscriminatory approach to spectrum management.
  • Promote economic and societal benefits for all spectrum users.
  • Ensure that public safety communications needs are met.
  • Ensure interoperability of all available communications technologies.
  • Support and promote innovation and competition.
  • Reduce regulatory barriers to radio frequency access.
  • Reserve appropriate spectrum for future innovative technologies.