Environmental improvement for the Games

The Basic Spectrum Plan and the Spectrum Management Plan

The Basic Spectrum Plan

A wide variety of radio systems are expected to be used during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including radio systems for use by the media for international broadcast and news coverage; competition officials to measure time or make judgments; and national delegations and operational staff to communicate with each other.

On 8 November 2017, Tokyo 2020 established “The Basic Spectrum Plan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020”, a basic plan for radio frequency assignment, for the purpose of the proper and interference-free application of radio equipment used by all parties involved in the Games to carry out their respective duties.

The Spectrum Management Plan

Following “The Basic Spectrum Plan”, Tokyo 2020 established “The Spectrum Management Plan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020” on 17 July 2018, which includes specific information about the prospective frequencies to be assigned, the spectrum application method and the application schedule (Second Edition published on 1 February 2019, Third Edition on 1 February 2020 and Fourth Edition on 21 December 2020).

In principle, a license issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (the MIC) is necessary to operate radio equipment in Japan. At the Tokyo 2020 Games, Tokyo 2020 will need to obtain the radio station license from the MIC on behalf of the stakeholders, and will undertake spectrum coordination to avoid harmful interference among wireless devices.

*For details about the spectrum application process, please refer to the “Spectrum Application Process” mentioned below.

Spectrum application procedures following postponement of the Games

For now, the Extraordinary Application is temporarily closed. It will reopen on 1st Feb 2021.

We are requesting applicants who already submitted the application to take actions described in the “Spectrum application procedures following postponement of the Games” by the end of August 2020. Download the “Spectrum application procedures following postponement of the Games.pdf” for more information.

Spectrum application process

Please follow the “Spectrum Application Guide” when applying for radio frequencies.

The guide is for the final application period, scheduled to resume on February 1, 2021. The major revisions include changes to dates due to the postponement of the Games, clarification of Start Date and End Date of the License Period, and additions to FAQ.

Procedures for Radio Equipment Test & Tagging

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has revised the "Test & Tagging Guide" due to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games and now includes measures against COVID-19.
The main revisions include "Revision of the service period of the Spectrum Desk", "Addition of request for strict adherence to inspection reservations as COVID-19 measures", and "Addition of Procedure for licence-exempt equipment and receivers”.
Please refer to the "Test and Tagging Guide" for details.

The Spectrum Monitoring Plan

To ensure no interference and no jamming of the radio spectrum, and stable, secure radio frequencies are available at the Tokyo 2020 Games, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) released the “Spectrum Monitoring Plan For the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020”, which outlines Tokyo 2020's plans to monitor the radio spectrum at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

To enable Games-related personnel to conduct radio operations smoothly and without interference and jamming, Tokyo 2020 plans to work closely with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications ⁠— the ministry responsible for Japan's radio spectrum ⁠— on a range of radio spectrum monitoring initiatives.