Main Page
About NRA

What is National Radio Association


The Association of the National Radio Frequency Resource Users - NATIONAL RADIO ASSOCIATION was founded in November 1997 under support of the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (GKRCH), the State Commission of the Russian Federation for Communication and Information Technology (GOSCOMSVYAZ) and the General State Supervisory Department for Communications in the Russian Federation (GLAVGOSSVYAZNADZOR).

The National Radio Association is aimed at integration of efforts of telecommunications operators and manufacturers for resolution of the spectrum issues and implementation of new radio technology in the Russian Federation.

On the 15th of December 2000, Valery V. Butenko, Director General of GEYSER Scientific & Production Co., was elected as President of National Radio Association.

National Radio Association is a nonprofit organization, which is aimed at information, legal and legislative, financial support and other kinds of assistance for members of the Association at implementation of new radio technologies as well as resolution of spectrum issues.


  • representation and protection of the interests of spectrum users in the State Commission of the Russian Federation for Radio Frequency (GKRCh) and other relevant governmental bodies;

  • support and direct participation in development, jointly with federal executive bodies for communications, information technologies, antimonopoly and tax policy, of laws and other regulatory documents relevant to issues of radio spectrum use and importation of radioelectronic equipment and taking into account the interests of operators the members of the National Radio Association;

  • integration and coordination of intellectual and financial efforts of concerned operators to resolve various radio spectrum issues;

  • information and legal provision on spectrum issues for operators.


1. Openness that is implementation of such conditions and procedure which could get as much as possible operators, manufacturers and other spectrum users to take part in the National Radio Association

2. System approach that is comprehensive resolution of possible spectrum issues with taking into account technical, economical, legal, methodological and other aspects.

3. Efficiency that is resolution of spectrum issues as soon as possible due to developed interconnections and cooperation of different operators.

4. The best result provision that is orientation to the most useful output for concerned members of the Association.

5. Joint leadership that is guaranteed right of each member to participate in the Association activity on an equal basis.

6. Transparency that is provision of conditions where each member of the Association has a full access to the information sources relevant to any aspect of the Association activity.


1. Legal and legislative support:

  • representation and protection of common interests of members of the Association in federal legislative and executive bodies for telecommunications as well as international organizations involved in regulation and supervision of radio spectrum use;

  • drafting the proposals on development and further improvement of legislative acts and directives of the Russian Federation in the field of radio spectrum use; participation in development and consideration of draft normative documents of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology; discussion of these drafts at the general meetings of the Association;

  • development of coordinated strategy of the Association that would take into consideration common interests of the members and aimed to the rational use of the radio spectrum and effective implementation of new technology and equipment;

  • building a national policy regarding radio spectrum use, development of relevant normative documents;

  • protection of frequency allocations and orbital positions for the satellite-based services in concerned international organizations as well as scientific and technical support of the procedures of international coordination in relation to the frequency allocations and the satellite orbital positions;

  • legal support of members of the National Radio Association when resolving vexed questions and complicated problems on spectrum use, a seeking of mutually acceptable solutions together with the State Commission for Radio Frequency Management (GKRCh), the State Commission for Telecommunications (GKES), the State Supervisory Department for Communications (Glavgossvyaznadzor) and frequency management bodies within power ministries and agencies of Russia;

  • establishing, jointly with governmental bodies, expert commissions and panels aimed to reasonable implementation of new radio technology consistently with national policy in relation to spectrum use.

2. Information support:

  • generation and maintenance of databases, timely distribution among the NRA members governmental decrees, GKRCh directives, and other directive and normative documents of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Glavgossviaznadzor and other federal legislative and executive bodies relevant to communications and concerned to NRA members activity;

  • publication, on a regular basis, of analytical reviews on activity of ITU, CEPT, ETSI etc., and reports on activity of NRA, maintenance of the NRA web-site;

  • publishing activities in the interests of the NRA members;

  • assistance to the NRA members in organization of domestic and international conferences, seminars, exhibitions.

3. Research and development:

  • research and development, experimental studies aimed to improvement of spectrum use and implementation of new radio technologies in Russia;

  • research and development under the SPECTR-2003 program in the interests of the NRA members;

  • coordination of studies conducted by relevant agencies on demand or in the interests of the NRA members, expertise and consulting;

  • theoretical and experimental estimation of electromagnetic compatibility between different systems of terrestrial or space-based radio services;

  • development of program on equipping the NRA members and other concerned organizations with uniform software for planning and using the radio spectrum, delivery of the software for operation testing.

4. Technological support:

  • support of the NRA members in design, implementation and selling the prospective systems, facilities and equipment in the Russian telecommunications market;

  • assistance in design, manufacture and operation of the systems, equipment and software which meet the requirements of the NRA members in relation to radio spectrum use.

5. Financial support:

  • goal-oriented financial support to the NRA members in implementation of the most promising radio technologies and programs including research and development, experimental study and testing;

  • financial support to the NRA members to provide their participation in international meetings and negotiations with foreign administrations on the frequency coordination issues;

  • establishing and goal-oriented using the relief fund for the benefit of the NRA members in case of force-majeure circumstances;


Organizational structure of National Radio Association is given in Figure 1.

Figure 1. National Radio Association Structure


OAO Vympelcom, Moscow


ZAO GlobalTel, Moscow

GEYSER Scientific & Production Co., Moscow

GKNPTs Khrunichev, Moscow

ZAO MTU-Inform Company, Moscow

GUP Morsvyazspoutnik, Moscow

OAO Mobile Telesystems, Moscow

Joint Design Bureau of Moscow Energetic Institute (OKB MEI), Moscow



OOO TeleRoss, Moscow

OAO Telecominvest, Sankt-Peterburg

JSC New Telephone Company, Vladivostok


Federal Agency for Press, Communications and Information (FAPSI) attached to President of the Russian Federation

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

To the top

All rights reserved © 2001, NRA