Introduction to Wireless Planning & Coordination And Wireless Monitoring Organisation

(By S. BalaKrishnan)


Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) Wing

National Radio Regulatory Authority since 1952

v      Radio Frequency Allocations for all types of radio usages

       To ensure sharing of Radio Frequency Spectrum (RFS)

       Mechanism : National Frequency Allocation Plan/Specific Authorisation

: Licensing of ' Private' Radio Systems

: Co-ordinated clearance of siting of ' Fixed' Radio Installations

: License Fee, Spectrum Fee

: Adherence to International Radio Regulations as a part of

global sharing of RFS and Satellite Orbit

v      Nodal Agency interacting with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)

v      Wireless Monitoring Organisation (WMO), field unit for verification by Monitoring & Inspection of Authorised Radio Station


Broad functions of WPC Wing

         Exercising all statutory functions of the Central Government under the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933

         Assignment of frequencies for all the wireless networks of government as well as private sectors, including service providers in the country

         Coordination with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT)

         Notification and registration of frequency assignments and geostationary satellite orbit location with ITU

         Fulfilling treaty obligations on behalf of Government of India as contained in international treaties of the ITU and APT

         Siting clearance of all wireless installations in the country concerning Standing Advisory Committee on Radio Frequency Allocations (SACFA)

         All national and international radio regulatory matters

         Radio frequency spectrum management and orbit/frequency coordination

         Frequency coordination with all wireless users in the country to ensure interference free operation of wireless networks

         Licensing of all wireless stations in the country under Indian Telegraph Act, 1885

         Formulation of National Frequency Allocation Plans (NFAP)

         Licensing of Radio Officers on board Ships and Aircrafts and Radio Amateurs and conduct of Proficiency examinations

         Direction and control of Wireless Monitoring Organisation (WMO)


Broad functions of Wireless Monitoring Organisation

         Measurement of technical parameters of wireless networks to ensure compliance with the technical and operating conditions of license

         Determining Spectrum occupancy/vacancy and circuit loading

         Participate in International monitoring activities concerning spectrum management

         Monitoring for selection of interference free sites for wireless stations

         Technical assistance to wireless user organisations

         Inspection of radio installations for checking technical, operational, regulatory and licensing conditions

         Radio noise measurements to check radio pollution environment for mutual compatibility with radio communication services

         Investigation of cases of harmful interference and suggest remedial actions thereof

         Issuance of Possession license under Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933