What We Do
The Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) is the research and engineering laboratory of NTIA. We perform advanced communications research to inform spectrum policy and develop capabilities to solve emerging telecommunications issues. We serve as a principal Federal resource for solving the telecommunications concerns of other Federal agencies, state and local Governments, industry, and international organizations. We work to continually advance the state of the art in radio frequency (RF) propagation measurement, RF propagation modeling, spectrum monitoring and enforcement, electromagnetic compatibility analysis, interference mitigation strategies, evaluation of end-user experience, and engineering analysis of evolving technologies to manage and share spectrum efficiently. Learn more about ITS on our YouTube Channel or read about our research programs in the FY 2017 Technical Progress Report.
May 9, 2019
ITS has a long history of leadership in air-to-ground
propagation model development within the International
Telecommunications Union – Radiocommunication Sector’s (ITU-R)
Study Group 3 – Radiowave Propagation (and its...
March 10, 2019
How can we get more use out of the radio spectrum? One way is by
sharing radio bands between users who have never shared before.
Consider radio frequencies near 3.5 GHz. Until recently, that part
of the spectrum was...
November 26, 2018
Behind every initiative to share spectrum are models of
how radio waves in a particular band propagate through different
environments. How far will a signal travel before it becomes too
faint to be useful or...
August 7, 2018
The record attendance (nearly 170 experts from government,
academia, and industry) at the 17th International Symposium on
Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART) demonstrated the deep interest
in the problem of modeling...
April 24, 2018
As demand for spectrum for commercial use continues to grow,
policymakers are exploring spectrum sharing as a way to expand
capacity while still fulfilling the needs of federal agencies. This
model can work only if rules...
This Month in ITS History
October 1997: First VQEG Meeting
On October 14, 1997 the Video Quality Exerts Group (VQEG) held its first meeting, hosted by the telecommunication laboratory CSELT in Turin, Italy. VQEG was created by members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to focus on the complex and multi-disciplinary field of video quality. Video had become increasingly important as a form of telecommunications, and it was clear that compression of digital video would present new challenges, different from those of television. ITS staff were instrumental in the creation of this group and have participated continuously since its inception. An ITS staff member co-chairs VQEG with an industry representative, and ITS hosts the VQEG website (www.vqeg.org).
VQEG is open to all interested parties, and members represent government, industry, and academia. There are no fees or membership applications and no invitations are needed to participate in VQEG meetings of international experts or subscribe to VQEG email lists. Much of the group’s work has been dedicated to improving and standardizing subjective and objective methods for analyzing video quality. Over the last 20 years the ecosystem has changed dramatically. Multi-media is now pervasive on all devices and methods of distribution from broadcast to cellular data networks. This shift has led the membership of VQEG to move from focusing its expertise on the visual (no-audio) quality of video to developing, defining and deploying methods and tools for the assessment of Quality of Experience (QoE).