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100 Years of ITU Radio Regulations

Geneva, 18 October 2006

What: Celebration of 100 Years of ITU Radio Regulations, marking the centenary of the signing of international Radio Regulations1 at the 1906 Berlin Convention.
When: 30 October 2006 (from 0830 hours UTC, 0930 Geneva time)
Where: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), Room 1
Why: The 1906 Convention aimed at making two-way coast to ship radio communication free from harmful interference. These first regulations laid down rules for spectrum use for the operation of stations to reduce radio interference and establish technical standards for radio equipment.

These regulations, which have since been expanded and revised by numerous radio conferences, are now known as the ITU Radio Regulations. Today, Radio Regulations — a binding international treaty — apply to frequencies ranging from 9 kHz to 400 GHz, and incorporate over 1 000 pages of information describing how the spectrum may be used and shared by more than 40 services around the globe representing around 1 265 000 frequency assignments for terrestrial stations, 390 000 frequency assignments related to around 380 GSO orbital positions and around 250 non-GSO satellite systems along with another 50 000 assignments related to 3 700 satellite earth stations2.

Who: Keynote speakers: Mr Roberto Blois, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU; Mr Valery Timofeev, Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU; Mr Scott Wickware, VP Marketing, Mobility and Converged Core Networks, Nortel; Ing. Gerhard Geier, Executive Vice President, Head of Radiomonitoring and Radiolocation Division, Rohde & Schwarz, who will also make a video presentation.

Participants: Honorary guests will include representatives of the original 27 Member State signatories to the 1906 convention.

For details of the event, click here.

Live webcast of the centenary celebrations will be available here.

For further information, contact

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media relations and public information
International Telecommunication Union
Tel: +41 22 730 6135 / 730 6039
Mobile: +41 79 249 4861
E-mail Contact

1 Formerly called “service regulations” of the International Radiotelegraph Convention
2 2005 data

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