The Wireless Planning & Coordination Wing (WPC), functioning under the Ministry of Communications and the Department of Telecommunications in India, is responsible for managing the frequency spectrum, including licensing and monitoring. It also regulates the use and application of radio and wireless devices in India. WPC is headquartered in New Delhi and has regional branches in major cities.
The Wireless Monitoring Organisation (WMO), established in 1952, acts as the vigilant eye and ear of the WPC. It is responsible for monitoring all wireless transmissions in India and ensuring interference-free radio-communication services. The WMO comprises a network of 28 Wireless Monitoring Stations, including five International Monitoring Stations and one International Satellite Monitoring Earth Station located in Maharashtra. The organization plays a crucial role in spectrum monitoring, measurement, and inspection for efficient radio frequency spectrum management. Recent enhancements in the WMO include state-of-the-art equipment procurement, infrastructure improvements, and plans for further augmenting its capabilities, showcasing its commitment to technological advancements and operational efficiency.
In December 2023, the Wireless Planning & Coordination Wing (WPC) and the Wireless Monitoring Organisation (WMO) of India celebrated the International Monitoring Station (IMS) Day. This event, held on December 19, 2023, marks a significant milestone in the history of wireless monitoring and spectrum management in the country. It underscores the dedication of the personnel involved in ensuring an interference-free spectrum for public telecom services and wireless users in India.