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ITU releases new report on preparatory studies for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19)

CPM Report to WRC-19 focuses on future spectrum for radiocommunications in support of the digital economy

Geneva, 26 March 2019

​​​​The 2nd session of the 2019 Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM19-2), 18-28 February 2019, approved a report containing the technical, operational and regulatory key materials for the preparation of the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). The report is to help Member States' prepare their proposals on the complex radio-frequency spectrum and satellite topics that are on the agenda of WRC-19 which will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 28 October to 22 November 2019.

“The global management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits is essential to extend the reach of information and communication technologies to all corners of the world," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “Future radiocommunication networks are set to play a pivotal role in the digital economy and sustainable development, which is made possible through the universal wireless ecosystem facilitated by ITU."

“WRC-19 is expected to ensure the future management of radio spectrum in more efficient ways, with global implications for policy-makers and industry as well as important benefits for end users," said Mario Maniewicz, Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau. “The report represents a major step in the preparations for WRC-19, concerning, in particular, the identification or use of frequency bands for the development of IMT-2020, high altitude platforms, as well as new satellite and terrestrial applications. Important improvements to the international regulatory framework have been identified for non-geosynchronous orbit (NGSO) and GSO satellite coordination and notification procedures, as well as for maritime and aeronautical communications and the development of new technologies."

The conference revises the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.

“The main goal to participate as ITU Member States and Sector Members in WRC-19 is to ensure the proper development of the ITU Radio Regulations by gathering all the different viewpoints and proposals collected since the cycle of studies began in 2015," said Mr Khalid Al-Awadi, Chairman of the Conference Preparatory Meeting, and Manager, International Organizations with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates. “We need to accommodate the new innovative technologies that we see coming into the world, and adopt and incorporate all requirements and modifications in the Radio Regulations by consensus, because we all understand that these new technologies will improve the life of humanity as a whole."

Over 1,250 participants from 106 ITU Member States attended CPM19-2 to collate the preparatory studies related to each WRC-19 agenda item. Representatives of 83 ITU Radiocommunication Sector Members as well as various international organizations also participated in the development of the report.

WRC-19 will be preceded by the Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-19) from 21 to 25 October 2019. World Radio Conferences are held normally every four years.

For more information please see the CPM19-2 web page