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ITU to celebrate 90th Anniversary of the ITU-R Study Groups (former CCIR)

High-level public and private sector stakeholders to gather in Geneva

Geneva, 17 November 2017

On 21 November 2017, high-level public and private sector radiocommunication stakeholders from around the globe will gather in Geneva at ITU headquarters to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the CCIR/ITU Radiocommunication (ITU-R) Study Groups, formerly known as the CCIR (International Radiocommunication Consultative Committee).

ITU-R Study Groups develop the technical bases for important decisions taken at the quadrennial World Radiocommunication Conferences. They also develop Global Standards (Recommendations), Reports and Handbooks on radiocommunication matters.

Key ongoing activities of ITU-R Study Groups include 5G (IMT-2020) and radio-controlled watches, radio headsets to equipment for home and office networking, radio positioning systems for navigation, intelligent transport systems, smart cities, advanced immersive UHDTV technologies, Earth imagery and meteorological satellites, and emergency communications and disaster warning systems.

More than 5,000 specialists, from administrations, the telecommunications industry and academic organizations throughout the world, currently participate in the work of the ITU-R Study Groups on topics such as: efficient use and management of spectrum/orbit resources, radiowave propagation, and definition of future radiocommunication systems characteristics and performance.

ITU-R Study Group work includes systems related to: fixed communications; aeronautical, maritime and land mobile communications; public protection and disaster relief; sound and television broadcasting; radiolocation; satellite communications and radionavigation; Earth exploration; meteorology; space science and radioastronomy.


Celebration of 90 Years of CCIR/ITU Radiocommunication Study Groups, marking the importance of the CCIR/ITU-R Study Groups' activities and their contributions to shaping and enabling the global wireless ecosystem.


21 November 2017 – from 16:00 Geneva time


ITU Headquarters, Place des Nations, Geneva, Popov Room


2017 year marks the 90th anniversary of the CCIR*/ITU-R Study Groups, a testimony of global collaboration to produce universally applied regulations, standards and best practices and enable the sustainable development of the wireless ecosystem as illustrated by the continuous growth in the use of wireless communications in the last thirty years and of an ubiquitous wireless world connected by ITU.


Keynote speakers: Mr. Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU; Mr. François Rancy, Director, Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU.

Moderators: Mr. François Rancy, Director, Radiocommunication Bureau. 

Panelists: Mr Andrew Hudson, Head of Policy, GSMA; Ms Aarti Holla, Secretary General, ESOA; Mr Noel Curran, Director General, EBU (tbc); Mr Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, WMO (tbc); Mr Dominic Hayes, European Commission; Mr Jeppe Jepsen, Spectrum Director, TCCA; Mr John Zuzek, NASA (ITU-R Study Group 7 Chairman); Mr Harvey Liszt, Secretary, IUCAF; Mr Peter Riedel, CEO, Rohde & Schwarz; Mr Timothy S. Ellam, President, IARU.

Participants: Special guests to include former elected officials of the ITU, current and former members of the Radio Regulations Board, International Frequency Registration Board, CCIR and ITU-R Study Group Chairs, 1st ITU Inter-regional Workshop on WRC-19 Preparation delegates, ITU staff and media.

The ceremony will be webcast live.

More info at the event page.