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Radio services play an important role in the communications infrastructure of a modern economy. The radio spectrum is a national resource. It is the backbone for a wide range of activities in sectors. These include telecommunications,  broadcasting, transport, defence, public security, emergency services, research and development, scientific services and hobbies/leisure uses. Spectrum use policy is determined at national and EU level.


Spectrum policy and planning has significant importance for Irish society and the economy. It contributes to the digital economy and the deployment of next generation networks and applications. 

At a European level

Within the European Union there are two committees that handle matters relating to radio communications and radio spectrum. They are the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) and the Radio Spectrum Committee . These committees regularly publish their meeting documents on their respective websites and the RSPG site includes documents for public consultations.

Other international bodies

There are two important bodies dealing with radio communications in Europe.

These two bodies 

  1. 1) consider and develop global and regional requirements and
  2. 2) make regulations, decisions and recommendations for radio system and spectrum use.

The ECO  site contains

  1.  i) official deliverables from the ECC,
  2. ii) a detailed calendar of meetings and events within the organisation,
  3. iii) information on regulatory as well as frequency management issues and
  4. iv) contacts to a number of organisations.

The most recent RSPG public consultations are:

 See also a list of the Public Consultations of the RSPG.pdf.