In order to efficiently manage the spectrum and to accommodate its various users, Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) has established a modernised organisation with all the resources required to guarantee effective service to its clients.  The primary functions of the SMA are:

Band Planning and Frequency Allocation

In order to comply with the mandate of the Authority, very detailed Radio Frequency (RF) engineering work has to be done to ensure a relatively interference free spectrum and that spectrum is available for inter alia new technologies.

Monitoring of the Spectrum and Inspection of Facilities

This involves the detection of signals and can be done through fixed or mobile monitoring.  The activity is important in detecting illegal users, the allocation and assignment of new frequencies as well as interference resolution.

Interference Management

Once a case of interference has been reported, the Authority seeks to identify the source and impose the appropriate remedial action to achieve compliance.


This is in keeping with the SMA’s objective of “preserving the spectrum rights of all existing legitimate users” of the spectrum.  The SMA has enforcement powers to include, inter alia, the imposition of fixed penalties and the issuance of orders.

Licencing Management

All operators who wish to use the radio frequency spectrum must either be authorised by, or obtain a licence from the SMA to use the spectrum.  The SMA has a transparent, objective and efficient licencing process that is responsive to customer needs and facilitates the following uses:

  • Mobile
  • Private Radio Station (including emergency and security  services)
  • Amateur radio
  • Alien Amateur
  • VSATs
  • Satellite Earth Stations
  • Maritime Mobile
  • Aeronautical
  • Citizens Band
  • Community or Low Power Radio Stations

The SMA also provides the following certifications and authorisations:

  • Certificate of Competence in Radio Telephony
  • Radio Technician Certificate
  • Type Approval Certificate for imported radio equipment
  • Spectrum authorisations for islandwide broadcasters