1.0             Introduction
1.1       The Government of Barbados invites applications for the provision of international telecommunications services in Barbados.
1.2       The successful applicant will be entitled and required to provide public international telecommunications services through the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the network necessary for the provision thereof, or by using international private leased circuits from submarine cable landing facility owners, in accordance with the legal, regulatory and administrative requirements for the provision of international telecommunications services in Barbados.
2.0             General Information
2.1       The telecommunications sector in Barbados is now open to full competition.
2.2       A new telecommunications Act was proclaimed on September 30, 2002, which provides the legislative framework to govern the telecommunications sector during the transition and beyond.
2.3            Copies of the Telecommunications Act 2001-36, Utilities Regulation Act 2000-30 and the Fair Trading Commission Act 2000-31. It should be noted that sections 18(4), 103(5) and paragraph 4 of the First Schedule of the Telecommunications Act 2001-36 have been exempted from proclamation. Also attached is the Fair Competition Act 2002-19 and the Consumer Protection Act 2003-20 can be obtained from the Government Printery.
3.0             Licence
3.1.           The Minister responsible for telecommunications will issue the licence. At present the Minister having responsibility for telecommunications is the Minister of Energy and Public Utilities.
3.2       The three companies who were granted mobile telecommunications licences in August 2003 need not apply for international network or service provider licences as these licences form part of their mobile licences.   However these companies are required to apply for submarine cable landing licences if they wish to terminate submarine cables in Barbados and must apply for a Satellite Licence if they wish to provide international services via satellite.
3.3       The frequencies available for operation of international services are varied and will be evaluated on application as shown in the National Spectrum Management Plan for Barbados.
3.4       In the National Spectrum Management Plan, all services listed as fixed satellite services are applicable, but applicants should note that some frequencies may have been previously allocated. The Telecommunications Unit will negotiate with successful applicants as to the available frequencies. In the Spectrum Plan, space-to-Earth are downlink frequencies; and Earth-to-space are uplink frequencies.
3.5            International Telecommunication Service can also be provided by the means of international leased circuits. In such instances, applicants will also require a "Resale of Leased Circuits" licence using Form TU007.
3.6       The licence will be for a duration of up to 15 years from the date of grant and may be renewed upon the approval of the Minister responsible for telecommunications.   However, no automatic grant of renewal is provided to applicants or the holder of the licence.   The Minister reserves the right to adjust the Licence term.
4.0             Applications
4.1       Every applicant may only submit one application. An individual applicant or a member of any applying consortium may not submit a further proposal either individually or as a member of another consortium. Original and duplicate copies of the application shall be prepared in typed or printed form on A4-sized format with all supporting documentation.
4.2            Applications shall be addressed to the Chief Telecommunications Officer, Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities, "The Business Centre", Upton, St. Michael. The applications shall be in English. Each applicant shall submit five copies of the application. An authorised signatory shall sign the original. The original shall be marked "Original Copy" and the copies with "Duplicate Copy No { }" (with the relevant number).   The envelope shall be marked "International Licence Application" and also state the name and address of sender.
4.3       It is desirable that confidential information is gathered together in a separate appendix or that the applicant's view that the information is confidential is clearly marked. The applicant shall in the application state a telefax number to which messages may be sent. Telefax messages from the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities shall be deemed to have been delivered when the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities receives a confirmation of the telefax transmission. The Ministry's telefax number is (246) 426-0960.
4.4.            Applications cannot be altered or supplemented by the applicant after submission, though the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities may request further explanatory information from applicants after the expiry of the application period.
4.5       All applications must include completed application forms for the following licences:-
·        International Service Provider
·        International Network Carrier
·        International Transport System (Spectrum or Leased Circuits)
5.0             Application Content
5.1            Applications shall be presented as outlined below:
A.                Executive Summary
B.                Information about the Applicant, including ownership structure
C.                Applicant's Financial Capacity, including letters of intent from financial institution(s), equipment vendor(s) and supplier(s)
D.                Technical Feasibility, including technical plan and operational plan, choice of technology and network design
E.                Commercial Feasibility, including marketing plan, market estimates, business plan and cash flow, revenue and cost projections as well as pro forma financial statements, for a period of at least (5) years
F.                 Applicant's Expertise and Experience, including international telecommunications experience and local market knowledge and expertise
G.                Corporate Development Plan, including plans showing, inter alia structure and staffing of the company at 3 years, 5 years and 10 years
6.0             Costs relating to Applicant's Proposals
6.1            Applicants shall bear the full costs incurred in connection with the preparation and submission of their proposals. Regardless of the outcome of the process, applicants may under no circumstances claim reimbursement form the Minister or his agents or any other Government agency of any costs related directly or indirectly to the proposal.
7.0             Ownership Structure
7.1       All companies submitting applications must be registered in Barbados and must have at least 25% Barbadian shareholding. A copy of the relevant Company Registration Certificate must be attached to the application. In addition, the names of all shareholders, percentage shareholding and the names and addresses of all Directors should be provided. In case of a consortium, an original signed copy of the agreement reached between the parties must be submitted with the application.
7.2       The existing licence holders (Cable & Wireless (Barbados) Limited, Digicel Communications (Barbados) Ltd., Cellular Communications (Barbados) SRL and TeleBarbados Inc.) or any of their affiliated companies associated with the existing licence holder may not apply for any additional licence.
8.            Selection
8.1            Applications received will be subject to a detailed evaluation and selection procedure. For an application to be considered, it must satisfy the formal requirements specified in this Outline document.
8.2            Factors, which will be considered during the evaluation process, will include, but may not be limited, to the following:
·        Financial soundness of the applicant
·        Commercial feasibility of the application
·        Appropriate expertise and experience of the applicant
·        Financial capacity of the applicant
·        Corporate Social Responsibility and
·        % Local Ownership
·        Date of Birth and addresses (including overseas addresses of all Directors)
·        Names and addresses of any subsidiary companies
9.0            Application Forms and Regulations
9.1            Regulations
(a)              Public Licensing Regulations – S.I. 2003 No. 79
(b)              Spectrum Management and Licensing Regulations – S.I. 2003 No. 98
(c)               Universal Service Regulations – S.I. 2003 No. 97
(d)              Interconnection Regulations – S.I. 2003 No. 103
(e)              Confidentiality Regulations – S.I. 2003 No. 95
(f)                 Licence Fees Regulations – S.I. 2003 No. 78
(g)              Licence Fee Amendment Regulations – S.I. 2005 No.
(h)               Certification Standards Regulations – S.I. 2003 No. 80
9.2             Application Forms
TU 002A International Service Provider
TU 006 Network Licence
TU 007 Application for a Value Added Service Provider (Individual) Licence
TU 009 Application for a Satellite Communication Licence
A non-refundable application fee of $5000.00 as per the Telecommunications (Licence Fees) and Amendment Regulations – S.I. 2005 No.  is payable on application.
9.3             Guidelines and Policies
·        National Spectrum Management Plan for Barbados
·        Interconnection
·        RF Antenna Radiation
·        RF Antenna Inspection
10.            Enquiries and Information
10.1    The Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities will accept enquiries concerning the application procedure. Enquiries should be made to the Chief Telecommunications Officer.
11.0            Licence Fee
11.1    The successful applicant will be required to pay an annual licence fee. The annual licence fee will be payable to the Chief Telecommunications Officer.
12.0            Telecommunications Website
12.1    All forms, policies etc. can be accessed from the Telecommunications Website

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 - 2019 Licences

The following types of licences are renewable in January 2019 as they will expire on December 31, 2018

Licensees have until January 30, 2019 to renew their licences.

From January 31, 2019 to March 31, 2019 these licences may be renewed but a 25% late payment fee will be payable.

 From April 01, 2019, 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: 16 November 2018


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