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 control an effective spectrum management agency with the developing nation in mind.

Participants will be introduced to spectrum management principles, national spectrum planning and policy, engineering analysis, and computer-aided techniques. Participants will contribute to the class by sharing best practices and lessons learned through presentations on their respective spectrum management agencies. 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, including sections on international and domestic legal and regulatory foundations, and typical bilateral and multilateral agreements. Frequency assignment methods and new marketplace forces such as auctions and spectrum fees and charges are presented.

The course addresses national spectrum management architectures, strategic spectrum planning, frequency assignment and licensing and spectrum monitoring, measuring and enforcement. Specific modeling techniques appropriate for spectrum management will be covered. Sessions include engineering analysis, electromagnetic compatibility, spectrum measurements and monitoring, and technical standards. Computerized and automated spectrum management processes are discussed. Special attention is given to radio services of greatest interest, including land mobile and satellite communications. Visits to 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 Objective

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.


The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)


Washington, DC


September 17-27, 2019