Spectrum management is an amalgamation of administrative and technical processes for regulating the use of radio frequency spectrum to promote efficiency and gain net social benefits without causing harmful interference to users of the radio frequency spectrum.
The radio frequency spectrum is an important, limited resource which is managed by ECTEL in conjunction with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (‘NTRC’) of each of the five (5) ECTEL Member States. The five (5) ECTEL States are:
The radio frequency spectrum provides an important medium for the establishment of telecommunications and broadcasting services for the functioning and growth of the economies of the region.
Under Article 5(1)(b) of the ECTEL Treaty, ECTEL is responsible for preparing and maintaining a regional harmonised spectrum plan for its Member States. The ECTEL Regional Spectrum Management Plan is a regional plan and divides the radio frequency spectrum into various frequency bands and designates the general purposes for which the frequency bands can be used. The ECTEL Regional Spectrum Management Plan was first published in June 2006. Further, in June 2012, the ECTEL Regional Spectrum Management Plan was amended. A further revision was conducted in 2021, and the revised ECTEL Regional Spectrum Management Plan commenced on 15th August 2022.
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