Frequency administration

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In telecommunication, frequency assignment authority is the power granted for the administration, designation or delegation to an agency or administrator via treaty or law, to specify frequencies, frequency channels or frequency bands, in the electromagnetic spectrum for use in radiocommunication services, radio stations or ISM applications.

Frequency administration is – according to Article 1.2 of the International Telecommunication Union´s (ITU) Radio Regulations (RR)[1] – defined as «Any governmental department or service responsible for discharging the obligations undertaken in the Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union, in the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union and in the Administrative Regulations (CS 1002).» Definitions identical to those contained in the Annex to the Constitution or the Annex to the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992) are marked “(CS)” or “(CV)” respectively.

International frequency assignment authority is vested in the Radiocommunication Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).


  • In Europe each country has regulatory input into the progress of European and international policy, standards, and legislation governing these sectors through their respective frequency administration.
  • European frequency administrations might receive military advice by the appropriate National Radio Frequency Agency (NRFA). Pertaining to NATO-Europe, this expertise is within the Allied Radio Frequency Agency (ARFA). However, the decision making bobby, pertaining to military access to the radio frequency spectrum, is the NATO Frequency Management Sub-Committee (MFSC) with participation of competent, authorised and mandated representatives of national frequency administrations.
  • Civil frequency management for Europe is driven by a number of organisations. These include the:

In July 2002, the European Commission also established the European Regulators Group for Electronic Communications Networks and Services; creating, for the first time, a formal structure for interaction and coordination between the European Commission and regulators in all EU Member States to ensure consistent application of European legislation.

United States[edit]

In the United States, primary frequency assignment authority is exercised by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for the Federal Government and by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for non-Federal Government organizations.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ITU Radio Regulations, Chapter I, Section I, General terms – article 1.2, definition: administration / frequency administration
  2. ^ CEPT Website
  3. ^ ERO Website

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