In the framework of an agreement that has been renewed every year since 1998, the ANFR prepares the frequency use authorisations (AUF) issued by the ARCEP. In this matter, it manages some parts of the spectrum assigned to the ARCEP and examines, prepares and sends the authorisations that are under ARCEP jurisdiction in specific bands. Depending on the network type and frequency band, this activity covers frequency assignments, their coordination with other assignees, the initialisation of the border coordination procedures, registration in the CAF and the application of the COMSIS procedure.
As part of an agreement with the CSA, the Agency can provide the CSA its expertise in order to assist it in its frequency scheduling work. This activity consists in identifying the frequencies available for digital television services for a given emitter and the corresponding antenna specifications
As part of agreements signed with the Ministry for the Sea or with the competent authorities in French Polynesia and New Caledonia, the Agency processes licence and identity applications (call sign and MMSI) for radio transmitters on board ships. It regularly communicates all call signs, MMSI and ATIS codes that have been created or cancelled to the national or international bodies operating in the field of sea and river safety. On behalf of the ministry in charge of Electronic communications, the Agency examines all applications for a call sign by radio amateur installations, repeater outstations and radio clubs, including special call signs, and proceeds to issue them.
On behalf of the ministry in charge of Electronic communications and the Ministry for the Sea, the Agency respectively processes radio amateur and restricted radio-telephone certificate (CRR) applications, and organises the corresponding exams and sittings. It prints the certificates on behalf of the regional maritime affairs departments for CRRs, prints and sends the amateur certificates to the ministry in charge of electronic communications for signature. It notifies the candidates of their results.
The ANFR Managing director is empowered to collect:
- fees relating to authorisations of assigned frequencies of less than 470 MHz excluding networks open to the public.
- fees relating to applications for frequency assignment authorisations for satellite networks.
The ANFR Managing Director is also empowered to collect exam costs relating to registration for the restricted radio-telephone certificate for the maritime or river department (CRR). The Agency receives and process the registration fees for these exams.
The Agency is also in charge of applying taxes and issuing the corresponding receipts for:
- the flat-rate tax for work costs caused by the unauthorised use of a frequency or a use not compliant with regulations;
- the annual tax for amateur service users
Maritime accounting authorities
The ANFR draws up and maintains the list of maritime accounting authority identification codes registered in France or recognised by France, and notifies the ITU in compliance with the provisions of the Radio regulations.