Radio Frequency Spectrum is a scarce natural resource that is the fundamental pillar for wireless technologies, services and the daily activities of society pivot. These include TV and radio broadcasting, the mobile services, public safety, and other services and activities.
The NTRA's Radio Spectrum Resources 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.
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.
The Frequency Regulation Committee is commissioned, pursuant to law, to approve all the new wireless service systems and applications submitted by the civil and governmental bodies and entities.
On the international level, the NTRA's Radio Spectrum Resources Planning Team Affairs has been participating in all study group meetings of the Radio communications Sector of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-R). This participation enables NTRA to express Egypt's concerns and requirements on the international level and ensures that such requirements are taken into consideration by all ITU member states.
The 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 it with the latest version of the international Radio Regulations that are revised by the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC) every 3 to 4 years.
Radio Spectrum International Coordination Department
The 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 Egyptian Telecommunication Regulation 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.
Spectrum and the National Broadband Plan
Wireless technologies are a major part of the National Broadband Plan (eMisr). eMisr highlighted the need to make around 500 MHz of spectrum available for broadband applications by 2020.
NTRA is currently preparing for the commencement of the plan implementation phase. The radio spectrum plays an important role to meet the goals of eMisr. The Radio Spectrum Resources Affairs Sector is currently studying all spectrum-related actions in the short and medium term. In order to meet the requirements of eMisr, NTRA played a major role in World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12) in allowing a mobile allocation in the frequency band 694-790 MHz that is effective after World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). Such allocation will facilitate the medium term goals for deploying broadband networks in Egypt. In addition NTRA is participating actively in the studies currently carried out by the ITU-R regarding the allocation of new frequency bands to the mobile service with the aim of making those frequency bands available for broadband services.
§ In April 2004, NTRA started issuing the Radio Spectrum Allocation Chart of Egypt which is a visual representation of the National Radio Spectrum Allocation Table
§ The chart was updated in January-February 2012 after the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12)
§ NTRA's Radio Spectrum Planning Team participates actively in the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) and African Telecommunications Union (ATU) meetings
§ Discussion meetings are held frequently with different stakeholders in order to consider the national market requirements as well as issues related to the different World Radiocommunication Conference agenda items