Radio spectrum is considered as one of the state’s vital scarce resources utilized in the daily activities of the modern society. These activities include TV and radio broadcast services, commercial mobile services, public safety services, disaster relief activities and much more.

NTRA Radio Spectrum Resources Planning Team

The Radio Spectrum Resource Management Team at NTRA, pursuant to the Telecommunication Regulation Law No.10/2003, is commissioned with the planning and management of all affairs related to the radio spectrum resources on the national level.

The Team has set the national frequencies usage policy and regulations that should fully comply with the publications (such as the resolutions, recommendations and handbooks) of ITU-R and other administrations concerning space and terrestrial radio services.

NTRA is responsible for setting the proper spectrum usage plans for the Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) activities within Egypt’s territories, and in this regard NTRA has been undergoing continued work in collaboration with different governmental authorities in Egypt to integrate their networks into one collaborative and unified network in order to optimize the spectrum usage in a way to modernize and facilitate the emergency and public safety services available to citizens.

The law No. 10/2003 also mandated the establishment of Frequency Regulation Committee as the committee commissioned to approve the frequency usage requests submitted by the civil and governmental bodies and entities. All activities of the Committee are handled by NTRA Radio Spectrum Resources Planning Team. The Committee convenes on a monthly basis to decide on the submitted requests and take the proper actions in this regard. These requests include PMR service, microwave links and public networks.

National Radio Spectrum Allocation Table and Chart

The National Radio Spectrum Allocation Table is the cornerstone of the Egyptian spectrum resources management system. It identifies the allocation of frequency bands to different radio services.

The table allocates 25 services over the frequency bands, ranging from 8.3 kHz to 300 GHz. The table is revised once every 4 years to align with the latest version of the international Radio Regulations that are published after the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC) which is held every 3 to 4 years.

The last Radio Spectrum Allocation Chart was updated in 2012 after the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12).

Radio Spectrum International Coordination Department

The Radio Spectrum International Coordination Department is commissioned with a mandate to direct the international coordination tasks of both space and terrestrial radio services, to carry on international agreements with various parties, and to govern proper radio spectrum for national operators avoiding harmful interference that could hinder or affect networks operation.

The Department also aims to resolve and coordinate any dispute arising from the operation of the national networks that could affect other networks on national and international levels, under the umbrella of the ITU Radio Regulations, Constitution and Convention, and with respect to the provisions of the Law No. 10/2003.

In addition, it successfully manages the registration of national networks in accordance with ITU Radio Regulations, hence providing international recognition of these networks; and carrying on technical and regulative actions to provide adequate protection of the national networks. To achieve this goal, this Department takes part in various studies and activities of related ITU Radiocommunication (ITU-R) study groups.

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