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2 March 1999

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3rd NATO Symposium with Partners
"Cooperation in CIS -
Setting Priorities"

NATO Headquarters
Conference Facilities
Brussels, 25th 27th October 1999

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Paper - The Frequency Spectrum And Its Management


Colonel A. B. Seedy


This paper briefly describes the operational importance of the electromagnetic frequency spectrum and its assured availability. Next it discusses the advances in technology which have led to congestion in certain portions of the spectrum and underlines the need for management of the crowded portions of the spectrum. It describes the ways in which the spectrum is managed, outlines current challenges and finally develops the need for cooperation in management of the spectrum, with particular emphasis on the problems and available solutions for deployed operations.

The electromagnetic spectrum encompasses a virtually infinite number of frequencies. The spectrum includes, among other uses, radio frequencies, visible light, and laser light. Since Marconis first wireless transmission exactly 100 years ago first used the radio spectrum, advancements in technology have allowed use of more and more electromagnetic spectrum. Today the radio frequency spectrum is normally referred to as that portion from 9 KHz to 400 GHz.


Colonel A. B. Seedy is Co-Chairman of the NATO C3 Board's Frequency Management Sub-Committee and Branch Chief of the associated supporting staffs in NATO Headquarters C3 Staff in Brussels.

He joined NATO Headquarters on 15 November 1997, on promotion.

From January 1995 until October 1996 he was Project Manager for the UK's Frequency Assignment and Management Equipment. From November 1996 until June 1997 he was Battalion Commander of the 31 (UK) Signal Regiment in Former Yugoslavia, providing communications to SFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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