Radio Frequency Spectrum Management
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“Radio Frequency Spectrum Management”
1. Study venue: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230, United States of America
2. Offered by: NTIA, Comsearch and ARRL – The National Association for Amateur Radio under the auspices of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI), Regional Training Center of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL).
3. Coordinator: James O’Connor, USTTI Curriculum Coordinator, Email: email@example.com Phone: (202) 785-7373, Fax: (202) 785 1930
4. Modality: On site
5. Start and end dates: March 28 – April 08, 2011
6. Course duration: Two weeks
7. Language: English
8. Objectives: Developing and managing a national radio frequency spectrum management agency requires a highly trained, technical staff to meet the daily as well as long-range spectrum requirements resulting in the implementation of new systems and technologies. This course addresses the various elements required to plan, organize, manage, and control an effective spectrum management agency with the developing nation in mind. Participants will be introduced to spectrum management principles, national spectrum planning and policy, engineering analysis, and computer-aided techniques. In addition, the course will introduce technological and regulatory changes that have taken place over the past few years.
The course generally covers these processes in detail, including sections on international and domestic legal and regulatory foundations, and typical bilateral and multilateral agreements. The organization of a spectrum management agency is presented as a class exercise with the class participants developing the organizational structure of an agency of a developing country. Frequency assignment methods are emphasized and new marketplace forces such as auctions and spectrum fees and charges are presented.
Computerization of the spectrum management processes is presented including a demonstration on the latest spectrum management software. Special sessions are taught on engineering analysis, electromagnetic compatibility, spectrum measurements and monitoring, propagation, and technical standards. The radio services with great interest, such as land mobile communications and satellite communications, are given special attention.
9. Participant Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to: (1) understand the appropriate principles and policies of an effective radio frequency spectrum management program; (2) identify, evaluate, and select the appropriate management techniques to establish and operate radio frequency assignment and associated planning processes; (3) recognize, assess, and select appropriate technical support programs for engineering and electromagnetic compatibility; (4) understand the procedures and elements required to plan, develop, and specify computer hardware and software for a computer-aided national spectrum management system; and (5) initiate or review overall regulatory plans for new or expanded radio services, as well as potential improvements in existing regulatory processes.
10. Methodology: The course is taught primarily by experts from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the President’s principal adviser on telecommunications matters, and manager of the federal government’s use of the spectrum. Comsearch experts will present spectrum management computer-aided techniques for frequency engineering of land mobile and cellular systems, microwave radio relay communications, and satellite-Earth station coordination. The national association for Amateur Radio (ARRL) will present an overview of modern spectrum management automation addressing national spectrum management architectures, strategic spectrum planning, and frequency assignment and licensing. Specific modeling techniques, appropriate for spectrum management, will be covered.
a. Citizenship or permanent residence of an OAS Member State *, with the exception of the United States since is the host country.
b. Participant profile: Managerial with technical emphasis of the telecommunications sector, with an emphasis on spectrum management.
c. Three (3) years of experience in the radio frequency spectrum management area.
d. English proficiency. To be considered for admission, scores must be submitted from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Exceptions may be made for applicants who hold a degree from a university located in a country in which English is the official language and also the language of instruction at the university. The minimum scores for admission consideration are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based test.
e. Submission of completed application form by the deadline set by the National Liaison Organization (ONE). It is the candidate’s responsibility to ascertain the deadline set by the ONE in his or her country of residence
f. In addition to the OAS application, applicants must also submit a formal application through the USTTI. Applications may be filed through USTTI’s web site: http://ustti.org
12. OAS Scholarship Selection Criteria: In accordance with article 4.2 of the Manual of Procedures of the Scholarship and Training Programs of the OAS, OAS scholarships shall be granted based on the following criteria:
- the objectives and priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development;
- the training priorities of the member states;
- the merits and overall credentials of the candidate, including his/her academic and professional background;
- the financial need of the candidate; and
- An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for the benefit of all member states and that takes into account the greater needs of the smaller and relatively less developed economies.
13. Benefits: For successful candidates:
· USTTI will provide a stipend of $400.00 to offset hotel and living expenses, as well as waiving the $150.00 administrative fee.
14. Responsibilities of the selected candidates:
Based on shared accommodations and on arrival date of Sunday, March 27th, 2011 and departure date of Saturday, April 9th, 2011 The additional amount needed for this course is USD$ 1,150.00. (Please be advised that the accommodation that is being provided requires participants to share hotel rooms).
· The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance to the OAS General Secretariat Office in their respective countries and through the ONE in order for the OAS to proceed with making the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between their country of origin or residence and the study location or, if the scholarship is refused, to appoint another candidate.
· The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship by signing and returning to DHDEC their completed “form of acceptance of the scholarship award”; only after this has been done will the OAS proceed with the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between the scholarship recipient’s country of origin and the study location.
· Upon selection, candidates must accept the scholarship by confirming their availability to follow the course during the period indicated and their acceptance of the duly provided conditions of study.
· Each scholarship recipient is responsible for arriving in time for the commencement of activities on the date established by the institution offering the course or program.
· If the scholarship recipient fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or change routes, after the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) has purchased his/her travel ticket, he/she will be responsible for paying the difference in ticket costs in order to arrive at the course site in time. The scholarship recipient will furthermore have to reimburse the GS/OAS the total cost of the airfare for his/her travel from his/her country of residence to the site where the Professional Development Course will take place and back if, after the ticket has been purchased, he/she declines the scholarship without written authorization from the Department of Human Development, Education and Culture
· The latter includes any additional costs, if any, incurred by the GS/OAS, such as extra costs for accommodation during the scholarship recipient’s travel to and from the country where the course will be held.
· If the fellow declines, cancels or terminates the Scholarship after the course or program has started without providing the GS/OAS with a compelling reason, he or she will have to reimburse GS/OAS the total amount of incurred costs/expenses.
15. Certification: The participants will receive a diploma from the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI), regional Training Center of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL).
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS CORRESPONDING TO THE 2011 REGULAR BUDGET
*On June 3, 2009, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Americas adopted resolution AG/RES. 2438 (XXXIX-O/09), which resolves that the 1962 Resolution that excluded the Government of Cuba from its participation in the inter-American system, ceases to have effect in the Organization of American States (OAS). The 2009 resolution states that the participation of the Republic of Cuba in the OAS will be the result of a process of dialogue initiated at the request of the Government of Cuba, and in accordance with the practices, purposes, and principles of the OAS.
*On July 5, 2009, the Organization of American States (OAS) invoked Article 21 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, suspending Honduras from active participation in the hemispheric body. The unanimous decision was adopted as a result of the June 28 coup d’état that expelled President José Manuel Zelaya from office. Diplomatic initiatives are ongoing to foster the restoration of democracy to Honduras.
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