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The Radiocommunication Sector mission

The mission of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector is, inter alia, to ensure rational, equitable, efficient and economical use of the radio-frequency spectrum by all radiocommunication services, including those using satellite orbits, and to carry out studies and adopt recommendations on radiocommunication matters.

The Radiocommunication Sector environment

This mission is to be undertaken within the environment identified in Part I, section 2 above for the Union as a whole, and specifically characterized in ITU-R by:

  • a growing recognition of the economic value of the frequency spectrum, which has implications for the development of new technologies and the demand for spectrum and orbit access;

  • ever-increasing demand for the limited radio-frequency spectrum for space and terrestrial radiocommunication systems, which has led to proliferation of frequency assignment notices and overfiling at ITU, some of which are speculative;

  • increasing convergence among many radio services, integration with wired telecommunication services, and the convergence of terrestrial and satellite applications, all of which increasingly call for the identification of frequency allocations for specific purposes, thus having an impact on spectrum management, and on the service definitions and working methods of the Sector;

  • growing demand from developing countries, including with respect to:

    • equitable access to the radio-frequency spectrum and to satellite orbits in support of their national requirements;

    • worldwide radiocommunication system standards to achieve interoperability and overall system economy;

    • relevant handbooks and training.

  • the rapid technological development and widespread application of broadband digital techniques to most space and terrestrial systems, including mobile communications and new television and sound broadcasting systems;

  • increasingly complex and lengthy agendas for world radiocommunication conferences (WRC).



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