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Radio Frequency Spectrum Management

Course Description
Developing and managing a national radio frequency spectrum management agency requires a highly trained staff to meet the daily as well as long-range spectrum requirements for the implementation of new systems and technologies. This course addresses the various elements required to plan, organize, manage, and operate an effective spectrum management agency with the developing nation in mind. Participants will be introduced to spectrum management principles, the development and implementation of national spectrum planning and policy, engineering analysis, and computer-aided techniques. In addition, the course will discuss the technological and regulatory changes that have taken place worldwide over the past few years. The course generally covers these processes in detail, and includes sections on international and domestic legal and regulatory foundations, and typical bilateral and multilateral agreements. The organization and operation of a spectrum management agency is presented as a class exercise with the class participants developing the organizational structure of an agency of a developing country. Frequency assignment methods are discussed and new marketplace forces such as spectrum fees, charges and auctions are presented. The course addresses national spectrum management architectures, strategic spectrum planning, frequency assignment, licensing and enforcement. Specific modeling techniques appropriate for spectrum management will be covered. Sessions include engineering analysis, electromagnetic compatibility, spectrum measurements and monitoring, propagation, and technical standards. Computerized and automated spectrum management processes are presented, including a demonstration on the latest spectrum management software. Radio services of greatest interest, such as land mobile communications and satellite communications, are given special attention. Visits to service wireless service providers will be included. The course is sponsored by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the President_s principal adviser on telecommunications matters, and manager of the federal government_s use of the spectrum. Presenters represent NTIA, other U. S. government agencies, international organizations and the private sector.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to: (1) understand the appropriate principles and policies of an effective radio frequency spectrum management program; (2) identify, evaluate, and select the appropriate management techniques to establish and operate radio frequency assignment and associated planning processes; (3) recognize, assess, and select appropriate technical support programs for engineering and electromagnetic compatibility; (4) understand the procedures and elements required to plan, develop, and specify computer hardware and software for a computer-aided national spectrum management system; and (5) initiate or review overall regulatory plans for new or expanded radio services, as well as potential improvements in existing regulatory processes.

Managerial with technical emphasis, such as stakeholder analysis and consensus development, with an emphasis on policymaking processes in the regional and global environment during technology transitions.


Course Vitals

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

Washington, DC

Orientation Date(s)

Training Dates
September 28 - October 9

Suggested Course Sequence




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