This four-week course considers the history and technical evolution of mobile telecommunications before moving on to cover the core functions of the spectrum manager. Participants will learn about how spectrum is used, the characteristics of spectrum bands and the progression of mobile technologies.

The course also covers the principles of spectrum planning at national and international levels and includes a deep dive into spectrum licensing and an overview of regulatory issues related to spectrum.

Course objectives

  • Understand the processes and approaches to spectrum allocation and licensing.
  • Learn how spectrum management is changing in the ever-evolving communications sector.
  • Understand how the concepts can be applied to the spectrum conditions in your own country.

Who should attend this course?

  • Individuals who have recently moved into a regulatory position and need to gain a broad understanding of spectrum and how it is regulated around the world.
  • Mid-level regulatory or legal professionals who need a solid understanding of the latest issues related to spectrum.
  • Entry and mid-level engineering staff who understand many of the technical aspects of spectrum, but need to gain knowledge of how spectrum is regulated and managed at a national and international level.

The benefits for you and your organisation

  • You will learn how spectrum is used by the mobile industry and the importance and characteristics of different spectrum bands.
  • You will understand how spectrum is managed at a national and international level.
  • You will gain detailed knowledge of different spectrum allocation and licencing schemes.
  • You will have new insights into key trends in spectrum pricing around the world.
  • You will gain a solid understanding of the regulatory issues related to spectrum.

Course structure and study time

The course consists of four sessions as outlined in the course agenda.

You will gain access to all of these sessions at the start of the course and you can work through them at your own pace, making it easy to fit your learning around work, family or personal commitments. Each session uses compelling visuals, clear audio commentary and lots of interactive elements to keep you engaged as you learn. You can also revisit topics at any point throughout the course to refresh your knowledge. At the end of each session there is a short, multiple choice quiz, to test that you have retained the knowledge you have learned during the session. You will need to pass this quiz in other to move on to the next session.

During the course, there are four live video chat sessions with the course trainer where you have the opportunity to ask questions about the content of the course. Additionally, you can ask the course trainer questions on the course forum and use the forum to exchange knowledge with other students.

It should take you no more than two to three hours of study time per week to finish the course in four weeks. You will have, however, an additional three weeks to complete it, so the course will be open to you for a total of seven weeks. If you decide to submit a final project, it is likely to take you four to six hours to put it together. You can submit the final project at any point during the seven weeks that the course is open to you.

Course completion certificates

To qualify for a course completion certificate, you must view all the course sessions and correctly answer all the multiple choice quiz questions you will find as you progress through the sessions. You will also need to fill out the course survey to give us feedback on your experience on the course.

You do not have to complete a final project to earn a course completion certificate but we strongly encourage you to create one. Putting together a final project will give you an opportunity to reflect on the principles covered during the course and help you discover how they could be applied to your own work. If you submit a final project the course trainer will provide you with valuable feedback that you may find useful in your day-to-day job.

If you have any additional questions about this course, please do get in touch.

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Price: £625 per person

20% discount available on this Spectrum Management course for GSMA Members.

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Kamal Tamawa
Policy Director, GSMA

Kamal is a Policy Director on the Sub-Saharan Africa Policy Team. In his role, Kamal is involved in the delivery of GSMA Advocacy programmes in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and the dissemination of messages on a wide variety of policy topics, including Spectrum.

He has worked with the Nigerian Telecoms Regulator and, prior to joining the GSMA, he worked with Etisalat Nigeria where he managed Regulatory Compliance, Spectrum Policy and Technical Regulatory matters. Kamal is also been a member of the Technical Advisory Committee that prepares Nigeria’ s participation at International fora on spectrum and other technical matters.

Kamal holds a B.Sc in Computer Engineering from the American University of Cyprus and an M.Sc in Mobile and Personal Communications from King’s College London.



Aanchal Paliwal
Partner and Delivery Manager, GSMA

Aanchal is the Partner and Delivery Manager for the GSMA’s Capacity Building Programme, responsible for managing regional and global partnerships, and coordinating the delivery of specialised training to regulators and policymakers. She has a background in international development and holds a Master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London.


Course Agenda

Spectrum Management for Mobile Telecommunications

Session 1
• What is Spectrum?
• How Cellular Technology Works

Session 2
• The Macro View: Economic Benefits of Mobile
• The Rise of Mobile Data

Session 3
• Introducing Spectrum Management
• Spectrum for Mobile and the World Radio Conference (WRC)

Session 4
• Spectrum Licensing for Mobile and Policy Considerations
• Spectrum Pricing and Investment
• Spectrum Monitoring

Session 5
Using the Digital Dividend to Enable Mobile Broadband

Session 6
• Spectrum for Backhaul

Session 7
• Regulation in a Changing Mobile Landscape
• Spectrum for IoT
• Creating the 5G Future

You can view a more detailed agenda here.

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