Spectrum Management Training Class: Spectrum management refers to radio frequency regulation – historically for society’s greater good.
This includes the planning, coordinating, and managing joint use of the electromagnetic spectrum through operational, engineering and administrative procedures. The object is to enable electronic systems to perform their functions in the intended environment without causing or suffering unacceptable interference.
Radio spectrum is generally thought of as the fully frequency range from 3 kHz to 300 GHz that can be used for wireless communication. Over the past few decades, mushrooming growth of mobile phones and other wireless devices has increased demand for wireless broadband to the point where changes in the philosophy of spectrum management have been required.
In the United States, the authority to regulate spectrum use is split between the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The operating rules of these agencies are extensive and are codified into law within Title 47 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.
NTIA is responsible for spectrum matters that involve federal government users in all three branches of the government. For a new system, the procuring federal government agency must provide the system’s technical characteristics and demonstrate to the satisfaction of NTIA that the system neither causes nor receives harmful interference to or from other authorized users when placed in its intended operational environment.
The FCC is responsible for the spectrum matters of private users as well as state and local government users. The FCC first issues a Type Acceptance for new non-government systems, identifying the authorized frequency band and parameter set. For most systems, the FCC then issues a radio license that grants a user the right to use a particular frequency or range of frequencies at a given site.
Worldwide, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an entity within the United Nations, maintains a Table of Allocations to which most countries adhere, to a large extent. The ITU has divided the world into three regions, each often having different radio rules and allocations. Each nation also has internal spectrum regulators who manage what is universally considered to be a sovereign asset within their own borders. Normally, a Ministry of Telecommunications or similar organization fills this role.
The ITU is the venue in which deliberations are held to accommodate new types of telecommunications functions. World Radio communication Conferences (WRCs) are held every three or four years to consider changes to the Table of Allocations. Because this process takes several years to complete, spectrum for any new function has to be planned for many years in advance.
Once this is accomplished, NTIA issues a Certificate of Spectrum Support, which identifies the frequency band in which the agency can operate and bounds the technical parameters that the system can have. NTIA then issues a frequency authorization allowing the user to operate a system on a specific frequency or frequencies at a particular location or within a defined area. Once a system is fielded, a multitude of radio frequency analysis and spectrum management tools are available to plan for and identify frequency assignments. Ultimate authority, however, to use a frequency must come through an NTIA frequency authorization or through delegated authority, which is provided by NTIA to specified federal government agencies for certain bands.
Spectrum Management Training Class
Tonex offers the Spectrum Management Training Course, a 3-day class designed for anyone working in spectrum management and frequency planning related fields.
Who Should Attend
Engineers, managers, analysts, individuals with either technical and non-technical backgrounds whose job requires a basic understanding of the frequency planning and spectrum management processes.
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