The agency conducts the studies required to plan and prepare the French positions internationally in four sectors:
- spectrum uses: the Agency must foresee changes in spectrum use depending on technology, service and market changes, in partnership with the assignees and industry in the widest sense (operators, industrials, professionals, etc.). The advisory commission in question is the Spectrum review committee (CRdS).
- regulations: the Agency must pursue thought processes covering frequency management methods. This thought process is based on the Agency board of directors or on its spectrum management strategy thought process group.
- spectrum engineering: the Agency must propose electromagnetic compatibility rules to prevent interference. The advisory commission in question is the electromagnetic compatibility commission (ECC).
- valuations: the Agency must assess spectrum value. The advisory commission in question is the Spectrum review and valuation committee (CRVS).
The Agency prepares the French positions and conducts negotiations:
- with international organisations in the spectrum field;
- in a multi-lateral framework in order to sign border coordination agreements.
For the world and regional radiocommunications conferences, its work is supervised by a mandate defined by the French Prime Minister. This activity is based on consensus-based consultations with the assignees and spectrum use stakeholders, through the radiocommunications conference commissions (RCC) for the preparation of the radiocommunications conferences, through the CAE for European affairs, the CAR for ITU radiocommunications assemblies and the CCF for border coordination.
The Agency is in charge of preparing the distribution band table updates in order to meet changing national needs, in synergy with international regulatory provisions (at the Community, European and World levels). Modification requests are presented by the assignees, studied by the Agency and examined by the Frequency Planning Commission (CPF). On completion of this examination and based on the consensus between assignees, modifications to the national frequency distribution table are prepared by the Agency and submitted to the Prime Minister. The Agency edits and publishes the table as well as its simplified version for the European radiocommunications office: EFIS.
The Agency manages the Spectrum Review Fund which it implements if the CFF and the board of directors decides on a review. To this effect, using elements provided by the assignees, the Agency assesses the expenses and costs of the operations that will be paid for by the fund. It lays down the financial and technical conditions for the modifications and makes sure they are complied with as well as the refund of the funds by the beneficiaries of the modifications. This activity is based on the spectrum review fund advisory commission (CFRS).