Broadband radiocommunication networks play a vital role in providing both urban and rural areas with high-capacity Internet access on the move. Wireless solutions often are the most effective option to address access infrastructure needs quickly. The recent explosion in mobile broadband networks and subscribers is helping bring the experience of higher speed, broadband Internet to remote and rural areas.
In its role overseeing the global allocation and management of radio-frequency spectrum, ITU-R identifies, manages and monitors radio-frequency spectrum to ensure the effective operation of broadband networks without interference to or from other radio systems.
ITU-R also works on developing globally-agreed technical standards for wireless broadband systems. ITU-R Study Groups unite leading experts from network operators, ISPs, broadcasters, regulators and R&D organizations to develop technical standards for interoperability and performance of terrestrial and satellite broadband systems. ITU-R developed the first family of standards for the global broadband multimedia international mobile system known as IMT-2000, commonly referred to as 3G. Work has now begun on the next generation of IMT-Advanced mobile systems.
ITU-R also oversees orbital allocations for satellite broadband systems, which offer prospects of connecting entire countries to high-speed Internet access through a single satellite network. Satellite broadband radiocommunication systems are especially important for landlocked countries. ITU-R is undertaking studies of possible bands for new allocations to mobile-satellite service (MSS) systems. ITU-R also expects to develop updated standards on fixed-satellite broadband systems in the near future.
The World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC 2012) will review and endorse global allocations of spectrum to ensure that this most precious resource is used effectively to the benefit of ITU Member States, radio-frequency spectrum and mobile phone users everywhere. ITU-R is also continuing its studies on emerging technologies such as cognitive radio, short-range devices and free-space optical communication systems, to ensure that all ITU Member States benefit from the latest technological developments and be able to operate these systems within an optimized global regulatory framework.
Through its many activities, ITU-R enables the delivery of equitable, affordable broadband access to the Internet for all people, regardless of where they live.