Developing spectrum management capacity across the Asia-Pacific Region

Developing spectrum management capacity across the Asia-Pacific Region

Last year, we witnessed dramatic changes in the way we live and work due to COVID19.

Our global dependence on digital technology seemed to skyrocket almost overnight, as many of us were forced to switch from offline to online modes of work and life.

At the same time, the value of resilient and reliable digital infrastructure and networks has never been clearer or timelier, especially given the rapid rollout of 5G networks and services across the globe.

The real ’hidden heroes’ Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been called the “hidden hero” of the COVID19 pandemic. But perhaps even more “hidden” are the people supporting the efficient and effective management of ICT infrastructure and networks.

This is particularly apparent when it comes to the management of spectrum, an increasingly precious natural resource in our digital era.

The efficient and equitable use of the radio spectrum resource not only supports rapid responses to disasters and emergencies such as COVID19, but also helps sustain and scale up the digital transformation efforts of entire countries — and their future generations.

Governments can achieve the efficient management of spectrum by establishing the national spectrum management and radio frequency (RF) monitoring processes. They create a technical and regulatory envelope within which commandandcontrol procedures can operate successfully and safely.

Free spectrum management training

In order to support such efforts and build required capacity, ITU’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has been collaborating with the State Radio Monitoring Center Testing Centre (SRTC) of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

ITU and SRTC organized practical training on issues related to spectrum management and radiofrequency monitoring free of charge.

As part of the ITU Centres of Excellence (CoE) for the Asia and the Pacific region, the Centre has succeeded in training nearly 1000 participants over the years.

In 2020, due to COVID19 restrictions, the training was organized online which has proven effective to encourage participation from all over the world.

The twoweek course on spectrum management and radiofrequency monitoring in August 2020 saw 358 participants from 58 countries, covering not only Asia and the Pacific, but also the Americas and other regions.

The active engagement and enthusiasm of the participants was palatable, with an average of 45 questions asked per session.

In addition, the ITU Academy platform created a digital space for discussion and knowledge sharing through online forums created by both tutors and participants.

To continue responding to the increasing demand and requests for support in spectrum management and the capacity development, ITU is planning to provide demanddriven technical assistance, tailored specifically for the region.

 By enhancing the knowledge, expertise and capacity in spectrum management and radiofrequency monitoring, ITU is helping not only to address the immediate needs of connecting people with affordable access to the Internet, but also advancing digital transformation, with resilient, robust, and reliable networks for the future.