Date: September 19 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNIT
    TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNIT

    The Mission of the Telecommunications Unit is to facilitate a competitive, fully liberalized telecommunications sector while achieving Government's vision of making Barbados a centre of excellence for information technology and telecommunications in the Caribbean.

     

    Welcome to the website of Telecommunications Unit, Division of Energy and Telecommunications, in the Prime Minister’s Office. One of the objectives of the Telecommunications Unit is to inform and educate the public. The Telecoms Unit has therefore endeavoured to upload all relevant information on its website and also provide links to related legislation for your ease of reference.

    You are encouraged to use the search facilities embedded.You are further encouraged to inform the Chief Telecommunications Officer of requests for clarification, missing topics or other discrepancies so that the website could be updated accordingly.

    Updated: 10 April 2013     Administrator

  • Barbados and the ITU sign CIRT Agreement
    Barbados and the ITU sign CIRT Agreement

    Barbados establishes National Computer Incident Response Team(CIRT)

    ITU and the Government of Barbados have signed an agreement to establish a National Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), a key mechanism to strengthen cybersecurity, detect the threat of cyber-attacks and manage a timely response. Established within the framework of the ITU-IMPACT initiative on strengthening cybersecurity, the project will provide Barbados with the necessary skills and technical capabilities to build a national point of contact to respond effectively to cybercrimes and cyber-attacks. Signing the agreement on behalf of the Government of Barbados, Mr Reginald Bourne said “This is another indication of the government’s commitment to ensuring a safe and secure environment for the people of Barbados, its investors and visitors using ICTs.”

  • Major Projects to be undertaken by the Telecoms Unit
    Major Projects to be undertaken by the Telecoms Unit

     

    Establishment of the NCIRT (National Computer Incident Response Team)

     

    Establishment of the IXP (Internet Exchange Point)

     

    Revision of the Telecommunications Act CAP282B

     

    Establishment a Tertiary Server for ccTLD ".bb" off-shore and revision of ".bb" Domain Name Policy

     

    Preparation for the introduction of IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNIT 

The Telecoms Unit was established by the Government of Barbados.
The Unit is presently under the Division of Energy and Telecommunications in the Prime Minister's Office.
   
Minister responsible for Telecommunications:  Prime Minister Hon. Freundel J. Stuart. 

Minister in the Prime Minister's Office with
responsibility for Telecommunications:           Senator  Hon. Darcy W. Boyce

Permanent Secretary:                                  Mr Jehu Wiltshire

Chief Telecommunications Officer:                 Mr Reginald Bourne
 
Deputy Chief Telecommunications Officer       Mr Clifford Bostic
 
Senior Telecommunications Officer (HQ)         Mr Winston Devonish
 
Senior Telecommunications Officer (Gun Hill)  Mr Renee Evelyn

The Staff                                                     Gun Hill & Headquarters
 
 
The two offices of the Telecoms Unit are located:  

Head Office:                   

Telecommunications Unit
Trinity Business Centre
Country Road
St. Michael, BB11081  
Barbados      
 
Monitoring Station:           

Gun Hill Monitoring Station
Gun Hill
St. George
Barbados    
 
 Mission Statement

The Mission of the Telecommunications Unit is to facilitate a competitive, fully liberalized telecommunications sector while achieving Government’s vision of making Barbados a centre of excellence for information technology and telecommunications in the Caribbean.
 
Objectives
The Telecommunication Unit is the technical arm of the Ministry responsible for Telecommunications. The Unit performs regulatory and licensing functions in accordance with the Telecommunications Act Cap 282B.
 The objectives of the Telecommunications Unit are as follows:-  
  • To promote liberalization, competition and transparency in national, regional and international telecommunications operations.  
  • To ensure that spectrum is made available to all approved applicants, in a timely manner.  
  • To develop and implement regulatory and monitoring policies aimed at encouraging the growth of a sustainable competitive telecommunications sector.  
  • To encourage technological innovation and modernization of the switched telecommunications network.  
 
  • To promote the protection of personal privacy of users and security of transmitted information.  
  • To ensure policies for the efficient and effective functioning of the telecommunications   sector.  
  • To effectively manage Spectrum, Numbering, Domain names and IP addresses.
 
 To achieve our mission and stated objectives the Telecommunications Unit will work as a team providing quality, innovative and professional work while remaining focused on the goal of ensuring that Barbados is the leader of telecommunication services in the Caribbean.  
 
Overview  
On the 20th December 2000 the Government of Barbados issued the Green Paper on Telecommunications Sector Policy. The Green Paper outlined Government’s draft policies for the reform of the telecommunications sector in Barbados.  
These draft policies provided for the following objectives:  
  • To introduce competition into the telecommunications sector
  • To enhance the technological capabilities of our national and international network  
  • To implement a modern regulatory framework compatible with the technological and business environment of the 21st century  
  • To support the expansion of the informatics industry and international business and finance sectors where access to low cost international telecommunications rates is critical to their success.  
 
Barbados as a signatory to the WTO/GATS Agreement on Telecommunications was obligated to reform its telecommunications sector and to transform the existing monopoly telecommunications market into a fully liberalised and competitive one. In pursuit of the WTO/GATS Agreement the Ministry responsible for telecommunications held discussions with Cable & Wireless BARTEL Limited and Cable & Wireless BET Limited to renegotiate their exclusive licences for the provision of domestic and international telecommunications services respectively.
 
The Government of Barbados and Cable & Wireless BARTEL Limited and Cable & Wireless BET Limited have concluded their negotiations which culminated with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the mentioned parties on October 16th, 2001.  
 
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) details the processes for the effective liberalisation of the telecommunications sector. A phased approach to liberalisation has been adopted with liberalisation scheduled to have begun on December 1, 2001 and ending with full liberalisation being achieved on August 1, 2003. These dates were not met, as Phase I did not commence until November 1st, 2002. Phase II commenced on November 16, 2003.   Phase III commenced on February 21, 2004. Full liberalisation was attained in February, 2005, when the international telecommunications services market was liberalized.

Barbados signs Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) Agreement with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at a meeting held at the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Chief Telecommunications Officer of Barbados, Mr Reginald Bourne (left) and the Director of ITU's Telecommunications Development Bureau, Mr Brahima Sanou (right), are congratulated by the Secretary General of the CTU, Ms Bernadette Lewis after the signing of the CIRT Agrreement.

Government Notices

Government Notice - 2017

The following types of licences are renewable in January 2017 as they will expire on December 31, 2016.

Licensees have until January 30, 2017 to renew their licences.

From January 31, 2017 to March 31, 2017 these licences may be renewed but a 25% late payment fee will be payable.

 From April 01, 2017, unpaid licences may be revoked by the Minister responsible for Telecommunications:

 

1. Sellers and Dealers;
2. Citizen Band Operators;
3. Amateur Radio Operators;
4. Model Equipment Owners;
5. General Radio Communications;
6. Fishing Vessels and all other Ship Stations;
7. Coast Stations;
 

 Date: 30 November 2016

Legislation

Link - Legislation Tab  at left - Computer Misuse Act, Fair Trading Act, Electronic Transaction Act, General Orders, Financial Management and Audit Rules 2011, etc.

 

HIPCAR Tab added at left - Model Text  for Cybercrime, e-Commerce, Freedom of Information, Licensing Regulations etc.

Update: 30 November 2012