With the advent of emerging technologies, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), in collaboration with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), is in the works of developing a Spectrum Roadmap to promote optimal use of radio frequencies.

Engr. George Tardio, former chief of the National ICT Planning Division (NIPD) and current OIC Director of the Cybersecurity Bureau, bared the plan during the inaugural Symposium on Spectrum Management 2018 of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) held here in Manila.

“We are happy to hear and learn from the other countries’ spectrum management plans” said Engr. Tardio. “Our contribution to the Asia Pacific region is releasing the Philippines’ spectrum roadmap early next year.”

According to Engr. Tardio, the roadmap will increase the pace of mobile technology evolution and will allow the industry to ride on global trends on cellular and broadcasting innovation. It is also intended to balance considerations based on radio regulations with establishing a digital economy for the Philippines.

Moreover, the roadmap will reinforce the government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), which calls for  repurposing or recall of assigned but unutilized and underutilized spectrum and implementation of spectrum co-use and dynamic spectrum allocation as parts of its regulatory reforms to connect more places.

With a clear understanding of the varying complexities of spectrum issues, policies, and regulations within the domain of Asia Pacific and the country, the Roadmap is the next big step for the DICT after issuing other spectrum-related policies, including the Digital Terrestrial Televesion Broadcasting (DTTB) Migration Plan.