Radio spectrum is considered as one of the state’s vital scarce resources that is being 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’s Radio Spectrum Resource Management Team, pursuant to Telecom Law No. 10/2003, is commissioned with the planning and management of all affairs related to the radio spectrum resources on the national level. In fact, NTRA is mandated with the development of the appropriate radio spectrum fees and establishing the national frequency allocation table. NTRA also set the national frequencies usage policy and regulations that should fully comply with the publications of ITU-R (such as the resolutions, recommendations and handbooks) governing space and terrestrial radio services.
NTRA is responsible of setting the proper spectrum usage plans for the Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) activities within Egypt’s territories, and in this regard the 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 the 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’s Radio Spectrum Resources Planning Team in NTRA. 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.
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 be aligned it 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).
NTRA plays a great role in coordinating matters related to space and terrestrial radio services on international and regional basis. NTRA also carries out technical and regulatory tasks in order to protect and coordinate radio spectrum and associated orbital position of national satellite networks as well as terrestrial networks, paving the way to be registered in the ITU Master International Frequency Register (MIFR), providing international recognition for its operation of through current procedures illustrated in the radio regulations and in adherence to the ITU convention and constitution.
Also, NTRA carries out international agreements with various parties, governing proper Radio spectrum for national operators avoiding harmful interference that could hinder or affect national networks operation.
On the other hand, NTRA has to resolve and coordinate any dispute arises from national networks that could affect or effect on other networks on national and international basis, under the umbrella of the ITU Radio Regulations, and with respect to provisions of Egyptian Telecommunication regulation law No. 10 of 2003. Additionally, NTRA verifies radio spectrum usage for the licensed satellite services providers in A.R.E. in accordance with provisions of the telecommunication law No. 10 of 2003.
NTRA successfully manages registering and recording national networks in accordance with ITU Radio Regulations, providing international recognition of these networks; and carrying out technical and regulative actions to provide adequate protection to national networks. To achieve this goal, NTRA paricipates in various studies and activities of related ITU Radiocommunication (ITU-R) study groups.
On the international level, NTRA has been actively participating in the activities of ITU Such as ITU-R study groups meetings and World radio communications conferences (WRCs). This participation enabled NTRA to participate in development of the international Radio Regulations and the various ITU-R publications to express Egypt’s views and requirements on the international level. This is achieved through cooperation with associated regional Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) and African Telecommunication Union (ATU).