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ITU World Radiocommunication Seminar closes

Focus on revised ITU Radio Regulations

Geneva, 12 December 2008 — The ITU World Radiocommunication Seminar 2008 (WRS-08) closed in Geneva today.

The week-long meeting dealt with international regulations on the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. Discussions centred on the application of the ITU Radio Regulations, the treaty which regulates international wireless communications. The Seminar also examined the activities of the ITU Radiocommunication Study Groups and focused on the use of ICT in emergency situations and as a solution to combat climate change.

WRS-08 was opened by ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré and Director of ITU’s Radicommunication Bureau Valery Timofeev in the presence of 461 participants, representing 121 countries and 13 organizations. The Chairman of the ITU Radio Regulations Board, Ms Julie Zoller also participated. The European Broadcasting Union, represented by Ms Elena Puigrefagut, presented the challenges and lessons learned by the switchover to digital broadcasting.

Revisions to the ITU Radio Regulations undertaken by the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07), which met in Geneva last year, has generated widespread interest within Administrations and the ICT industry. WRS-08 provided an opportunity to gain deeper insight into the technical, procedural and operational aspects of the changed regulations.

With climate change a key priority for ITU, WRC-07 had made a radical shift towards a paperless regulatory environment, introducing the concept of electronic submission of space and terrestrial service notices to the Radiocommunication Bureau. In addition, the Seminar debated the substantive revisions made by WRC-07 to the Fixed-satellite Service Plan. Based on the latest technological advances, the Plan is now more effective and facilitates satellite systems to gain access to the radio-frequency spectrum.

WRS-08 also provided participants with essential technical and regulatory background information to assist them to prepare for the next ITU World Radiocommunication Conference to be held in 2011.

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