Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am pleased to participate in this Executive Round Table within the ITU/FUB Workshop
on Market Mechanisms for Spectrum Management.
It is my great honour to stand before you, as newly-elected Secretary General of
ITU and welcome you all. I am especially pleased to have among us His Excellency,
Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Communications of Italy and His Excellency, Mr.
Censu Galea, Minister for Competitiveness and Communications of Malta as well as
many other distinguished executive round table speakers.
This workshop is the second in a series of expert meetings and workshops carried
out under the ITU's Shaping Tomorrow's Networks Programme.
We should keep in mind that one of the objectives to be pursued for spectrum management
is the harmonization of practices and approaches on a global basis.
In this rapid changing radio environment, many countries are modernizing
their national spectrum management frameworks to accommodate pressures for greater
and quicker access to radio frequency spectrum, and respond to new enabling wireless
This workshop has been discussing innovative approaches for spectrum allocation
and licensing at the national level, including “Spectrum Usage Rights”; “Spectrum
Mask”; and “Space-Centric Spectrum Management”. Some of these ideas are not
new in ITU as we have been studying spectrum management issues for some time, including
the economic aspects.
More recently, ITU has been considering options for the improvement of the international
spectrum regulatory framework in the context of the preparations for WRC-07. I am
glad to see that discussions like the one we are carrying out during this workshop
have the potential of shedding new light on the very fundamental aspects of the
possible reform of the global spectrum management, to be discussed during WRC-07.
ITU is often considered the “guardian” of the world's radio spectrum, and in this
very important capacity, I consider that ITU has a number of priorities to address:
- First, ITU must continue to assist our Membership in developing policies for access
to radio spectrum that will maximize its usefulness while ensuring equity and efficiency, for instance by making the best use of emerging new technologies.
- Second, we must raise awareness among political leaders, at the highest level, of
the importance of effective spectrum management for each country's economic and
social development. Political leaders must also be made aware of the new challenges this will bring, and how they can deal with these.
- Third, we must help our Member States to identify the most appropriate approaches
for efficient spectrum management, reflecting national circumstances and policy
choices. This will require a blend of different approaches, including both market
mechanisms based on usage rights, and an open spectrum commons using license-exempt
spectrum, where appropriate.
- Fourth, we must help our membership in taking maximum advantage of the new technical
developments that are making it possible to use spectrum resources more effectively.
This include spread spectrum techniques, software-defined radio, new antenna arrays
and greater use of low-powered devices.
- Fifth, we must find ways to accommodate new services – such as broadband wireless
access, WiMAX or ultrawideband – which show much promise in extending the benefits
of new telecommunication technologies to all the world's inhabitants, particularly those in rural and remote areas;
- Finally, we must cooperate with all other relevant international and regional organizations
active in this field and take into account the particular requirements of developing
countries and other countries with large areas of low population density in order
to help support and extend a cost-effective coverage, and take steps to bridge the
In this regard, I am happy to say that much of this ground-breaking work is being
conducted under the work of ITU's three Sectors.
Spectrum management has long been a core competence of ITU and will continue to
be a fundamental aspect of our work. This workshop is jointly-organized by the ITU's
Policy Unit and the Radiocommunication Bureau the under “Shaping Tomorrow's
Network' Programme, with the support of the Ugo Bordoni Foundation. Such workshops
bring together stakeholders from across the industry as well as the public sector
to share and disseminating knowledge and work together to find concrete solutions.
With so many varied participants here, I feel confident that this will generate
a fruitful debate and help identify the key priorities where we need to focus our