'Radio spectrum', often just abbreviated to ‘spectrum’ is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is usable for radio transmissions. Radio frequencies in this range can be used for many different types of communications, such as television, radio, mobile phone and broadband services.

The UK Wireless Telegraphy Act (of Parliament) 2006 is extended to the Isle of Man by Statutory Instrument. Ofcom is therefore responsible for the licensing of radio spectrum in the Isle of Man under that legislation. The Commission works in close consultation with Ofcom to ensure that the differences between UK and Isle of Man Government policies are considered.

Spectrum is a finite, natural resource that will play a key role in underpinning our ever more mobile and data-hungry society. The spectrum left vacant following the switch off of analogue TV is now used by Manx telecom and Sure to provide 4G services.

For details of Isle of Man licences for spectrum use, please view the Isle of Man Licences and Isle of Man Allocations pages of the Ofcom website.

Please note that IOM Spectrum cannot be traded and licensing requirements may differ from the UK. Please contact us for any further information or for information on applying to use spectrum. Use of spectrum without the appropriate licence may be an offence.

Under the Radio Mast Regulation Act 1988, the Commission also licenses the commercial site sharing of transmitter mast facilities on the Island for both the public and the private sectors.

Through Agreements with our contractors, ManSat and SES Satellite Leasing Ltd, the Commission places filings for geostationary and non-geostationary satellite orbital slots through Ofcom to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).