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The Spectrum Management Authority (“SMA” or “the Authority) is a limited liability company wholly owned by the Government of Jamaica and is an agency within the Information and Telecommunications Department of the Office of the Prime Minister. It was established in 2000 pursuant to the Telecommunications Act, 2000 and became operational in April 2001.
The SMA 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 .
The Authority is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister. The daily operations of the SMA are overseen by its Managing Director.
The SMA works closely with other related regulatory agencies, including the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), the Broadcasting Commission, the Fair Trading Commission, and the National Environment & Planning Agency, in formulating policy and legislation in relation to the communications industry.