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ITU World Radiocommunication Conference set to open doors on 23 January 2012 in Geneva
Radiocommunication Assembly meets 16-20
Geneva, 10 January 2012 – The World Radiocommunication Conference will be in session in
Geneva, 23 January - 17 February 2012. The work of this
international treaty-making Conference will be conducted over four weeks to
address the changes required to the regulation of orbit/spectrum resources in
the interest of the users of these scarce resources, with global implications
for both policy-makers and regulators. ITU Member States and observers from
other international organizations and the private sector will participate.
The World Radiocommunication Conference will review the international regulatory
framework for radiocommunications – the Radio Regulations – to take into account
the rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT) and
reliable radio services are available
and at every moment, enabling people to live and travel safely and enjoy high
The World Radiocommunication Conference will be preceded by the
Radiocommunication Assembly, 16-20 January 2012, which is responsible for
setting future work programmes on many technical issues of a worldwide character
in the field of radiocommunications and for approving worldwide
radiocommunication standards (ITU-R Recommendations), such as IMT –
International Mobile Telecommunications.
A Press briefing by Mr François Rancy, Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication
will be held on Friday, 20 January at 12:30 pm at the Palais des Nations
(Room-I), Geneva, announcing the outcomes of the Radiocommunication Assembly and
providing information on the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference.
World Radiocommunication Conference
23 January – 17 February 2012.
Press briefing: 20 January,
12:30 pm in Room-I, Palais des Nations,
Geneva, CICG Convention Centre, 17 rue de Varembé, CH-1211
The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) is
normally held every three to four years. It is
mandated to review and revise the Radio
Regulations, the international treaty governing
the use of radio-frequency spectrum and
satellite orbits. The Radiocommunication
Assembly is normally held during the week
immediately prior to the WRC and shall provide
the necessary technical basis for the work of
Over 2000 participants from around the world are
expected to attend.
Deadline for accreditation: 12 January 2012.
accreditation is valid, but registration is
required for WRC-12 access badges.
Accredited Press will have access to CICG during
the World Radiocommunication Conference, 23
January to 17 February 2012 as well as to the
Radiocommunication Assembly, 16-20 January 2012.
Access to the meeting rooms will be restricted
and subject to the Assembly and Conference
The 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) will focus on the
Review and revise the international regulatory
framework for radiocommunications –the Radio Regulations.
Management of scarce radio-frequency spectrum to
provide new opportunities for radiocommunication services,
including those for maritime and aeronautical transport as well
as for scientific purposes related to the environment,
meteorology and climatology, disaster prediction, mitigation and
Management of satellite orbital slots and associated
The introduction of mobile broadband and other
advanced technologies, the use of digital dividend resulting
from the switch over to digital TV, and the development of Ultra
High Definition Television (UHDTV).
For more information, please contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
ITU Radiocommunication Bureau
Media accreditation enquiries:
Soraya Abino Quintana