Types of band managers

Guiding Principle

The economic consequences associated with the efficient use of spectrum needs to be sufficient to warrant the development of proactive measures to improve access and efficiency.

Principle Advantages are as follows:

  1. There is a potential for greater efficiency in spectrum use;
  2. Differentiated Services are accommodated which can meet differing price and service expectations; and
  3. There are brokered services for disparate users.

Types of Band Managers Description
Administrative Outsourcing of the business processes like management of spectrum management applications and data. This is not true band management.
Industry Co-operative

Co-operation is organized among industry players ranging from advisory services to government and the regulator to management of certain bands.

The Frequency Coordination System Association (FCSA) is a not-for-profit Canadian corporation and an association of organization that own and operate microwave radio/wireless and satellite communications facilities. FCSA owns, operates and manages a computer system, applications and data called Microwave Information and Coordination System (MICS) that is used by members in the planning, design and implementation of their microwave communications systems. MICS links to the Industry Canada database to obtain assignment coordination data.

Another example is the Joint Frequency Management Group which manages and licenses the radio spectrum used for Programme Making and Special Events in the UK
Location Owner Location owners like airports and port facilities which share spectrum and infrastructure manage their own requirements.


  • Licensed – “Classic Band Manager”
  • Unrestricted Access
  • Owns spectrum and leases part of the spectrum to other users for a fee.
  • Operates a private commons offering users unrestricted access to the spectrum.

Criteria to be considered in utilizing band managers:

  1. Business case shows that there is sufficient return on capital;
  2. Revenue can be determined, is sufficient, and can be collected;
  3. Higher spectrum value and prices are expected and will sustain viability; and
  4. The potential for hoarding is limited.

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