The ITU Radiocommunication Bureau intends to perform a yearly cycle of Regional Radiocommunication Seminars, to be held on the different regions worldwide, which will deal with the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the satellite orbits, and, in particular, with the application of the provisions of the ITU Radio Regulations. The main advantages of the regional seminars are:
- Within each region, more officials from national frequency management organizations can participate, and also more participants from other radiocommunication sector stakeholders;
- Seminar's Agenda can be focused on pertinent regional situations and problematic;
- A closer dialogue can be established among participants and they can be more easily trained in the latest ICT tools for frequency management developed by ITU, and better apply for their particular problematic;
- ITU Staff would be in a position to better understand local frequency management problems and, therefore, provide more appropriate assistance.
In that regard, and responding to the kind invitation of the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANF) from Tunisia, and with the support of the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG), the ITU Regional Radiocommunication Seminar 2013 for Arab Countries (RRS-13-Arab) will be held in Tunis, Tunisia, from 9 to 13 December 2013.
RRS13-Arab will be held in the following format:
- A pre-seminar web tutorial will be available at this web page, presenting the most basic concepts of ITU and ITU-R structures and functions, including the study groups and BR departments, and ITU basic texts, with the main focus on the Radio Regulations (RR) and their associated Rules of Procedure (RoP). A good understanding of the pre-seminar web tutorial concepts is required in order to be able to participate actively in the seminar.
- During the first two days the basic concepts related to Spectrum Management, both at worldwide and regional level, will be reviewed, as well as the procedures associated to the international register of frequencies. The review of the modifications to the RR, associated WRC Resolutions and ITU-R Resolutions decided by the last World Radio Conference (WRC-12) and Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-12) will follow. This part will also cover the current regulatory framework for the international frequency management and the ITU-R Recommendations and best practices regarding the use of spectrum for both terrestrial and space services, including basic training on ICT Tools developed by ITU for frequency notifications for those services and for the technical examinations.
- The following two days will be devoted to parallel workshops (terrestrial and space), providing participants with hands-on experience of ITU notification procedures for each type of service, and of the software and electronic publications made available by the Radiocommunication Bureau.
- A forum on the future cognitive radio and TV White Spaces (TVWS) will take place on the last day with the participation of stakeholders.
The presentations and discussions at the seminar will be in English and Arabic, with interpretation in these two languages¹.
ITU Member States, ITU-R Sector Members, Associates and Academia from the Arab Region are invited to attend the seminar. Attendance is free of charge for previously registered participants.
Registration for this event will be carried out exclusively online, through the respective designated focal point (DFP). Registration will begin on 21 October 2013. Advance registration is strongly advised for all participants; unannounced participants will face further delays at the on-site registration desks.
The seminar will be conducted in a “paperless” environment, i.e. the seminar documentation will be available on the website. Given the amount of practical work expected during the workshops, participants are required to bring their laptops, performing the set of minimal specifications.
To further detailed information please click on the pertinent file of the "Information" rubric.
¹ Please note that no interpretation will be provided during the terrestrial and space workshops, but ITU tutors will speak English and Arab.