The Criteria for using 3.5 GHz band have been made public by the Seychelles Regulatory Agency.
From now on, all users of the 3400-3600 MHz (3.5 GHz) band will have to comply with the following instructions as provided by the Regulatory Agency. The 3400-3600 MHz (3.5 GHz) band is to be used for the deployment of Fixed Broadband Wireless Access (FBWA) systems, including the nomadic BWA system (NBWA). The deployment of VSAT / earth stations in the 3.5 GHz band should not be authorized. However, their deployment have to be minimized within the 3600-3700 MHz band limit. Priority is given to operators, utility providers, and potential service providers for the allocation of frequency blocks and channels. A technologically neutral approach has been adopted with respect to license granting. Therefore, the licensing mechanism is based on the services provided. Also, any organization wishing to deploy a network in the 3.5 GHz band has to first submit a detailed project draft to the Seychelles Investment Bureau (SIB), which should include but not limited to the following:
â€¢Â The services to deploy
â€¢Â The spectrum portion required
â€¢Â The technology standard to deploy (eg. WiMAX2)
â€¢Â The expected geographic coverage (service area) and detailed radio network plan
â€¢Â The architecture of the system (cellular, point-to-point (P-P), point-to-multipoint (P-MP)
â€¢Â EIRP power classes and specifications
â€¢Â The modulation technique, duplexing method, type of multiplexing, technology access
â€¢Â The expected time frame within which network deployment would take place
â€¢Â The quotation structure
The spectrum would be distributed in such a way that no entity is allocated the same part of the spectrum. It is the responsibility of the assignees to ensure coexistence among them.