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About Spectrum Management
One of LTA’s key functions is to ensure the efficient utilization of spectrum, which is a scare resource. Thus, Spectrum planning and allocation of frequencies to users for different radio services are part of LTA’s major regulatory activities.  The LTA’s frequency allocation is carried out in line with the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU’s) Radio Regulation guidelines but with local dissimilarity.

The LTA has granted frequency authorizations ranging from 9,000 Hertz to 275,000,000,000 Hertz, showing a significant increase in the demand for telecommunications products and services. LTA has allocated 8 FM frequencies, 26 HF frequencies, 29 VHF frequencies and 26 UHF frequencies. The frequencies allocated cover several parts of the country.

Given the rather chaotic sector situation inherited by the LTA, the regulator has since determined that a high level of illegal frequency usage is taking place in the country. This state of affairs cannot continue without redress, as this has implications not only for sector stability, but also for Government of Liberia‘s revenue intake from the industry.

It is in this context, that the LTA felt the compelling need in 2009 to undertake a series of measures that will eventually lead to the installation of TCI Spectrum Monitoring System. This system is capable of identifying unlicensed and illegal frequency users by use of its directional finding capability. It is a reliable solution for spectrum monitoring and promises to substantially increase LTA / GoL revenue generation capabilities relative to the sector, while boosting LTA’s efficient spectrum management capacity.