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ITU prepares for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019

Virtual press briefing on 28 February 2019, 13:00


Geneva, 25 February 2019

2019 will see one of ITU's most important meetings: The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19), to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh from 28 October to 22 November 2019.

World Radiocommunication Conferences, held every three to four years, are mandated to review and, where necessary, revise the ITU Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum as well as satellite orbits.

At WRC-19, ITU's 193 Member States will discuss a range of issues, such as the allocation of new frequency bands for 5G (IMT-2020), high-altitude platform stations (HAPS), regulatory actions to support the use of new and enhanced technologies in satellite applications, maritime and aeronautical services, as well as for intelligent transport systems.

To help prepare for the forthcoming WRC-19 the 2nd session of the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM19-2) has been meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18 to 28 February to collate the technical studies related to each WRC-19 agenda item and clarify the various options for WRC-19 to consider.

WHAT: Main issues for consideration at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019.

WHEN: 28 February 2019, 13:00 – 13:45 (CET)

WHERE: Centre International de Conférence de Genève (CICG), Room 18, Rue Varembé, Geneva, CH-1211, Switzerland. Remote participation is available. See Media note below.

WHY: ITU's 193 Member States and private sector members have concluded the preparatory studies on the regulatory, technical, operational and procedural aspects of all the topics and issues on the agenda of the ITU World Radio Communication Conference (WRC-19), Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 28 October -22 November 2019.

This information will facilitate the preparation of proposals by ITU Member States to WRC-19 and help explain the complex issues on the agenda.

WHO: Mr. Khalid Al-Awadi (United Arab Emirates), Chairman of CPM19-2, and Mr Mario Maniewicz, Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau

Media note
  • Media access to CICG is open on 28 February 2019, excluding the meeting rooms.
  • Advance Pre-Registration is required for Media. Please contact
  • Pre-registered media may present themselves with a valid ID on 28 February 2019 from 08h00 onwards for a photo ID that will be taken at the ITU Montbrillant Reception and to collect their CPM19-2 badge.
  • Although UN Press accreditation remains valid at the ITU premises, CPM19-2 event-badges are required to access CICG premises.

Virtual participation

Media are invited to participate virtually using Adobe Connect by pre-registering via email at Only pre-registered media will be emailed the link to the press briefing 24 hours before it starts.

To access the virtual press briefing, please follow the instructions below:
  • Select the “Guest" option and enter your name in the format First Name + Last Name + (Country/organization). For example; John Smith (ITU)
  • Make sure your headset is properly configured to listen to the press conference.
  • Make sure you have a landline phone as a backup to ensure you can listen to the conference.
  • Please send your questions in advance to email:
  • You will also be able to add your comments and questions real-time in writing via chat.
  • Please kindly keep your questions as succinct as possible as due to time constraints not all questions may be addressed due to the limited duration (45 minutes) of the press briefing.
  • In case you have any technical challenge, please contact