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Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R)  
The ITU and Radiocommunications

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) exists to provide a forum in which its Member States and its Sector Members can cooperate for the improvement and rational use of telecommunications worldwide. Its objectives are:

  • to promote the development, efficient operation, usefulness and general availability of telecommunications facilities and services;
  • to promote the development of telecommunications in developing countries and the extension of the benefits of telecommunications to all people everywhere; and
  • to promote the adoption of a broader approach to telecommunications issues in the global information economy and society.
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To achieve these objectives, the work of the ITU is organized internally around three Sectors:
the Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R)
the Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T)
the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D)

All ITU work in the field of radiocommunications is consolidated in the Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), which is charged with reaching consensus on the coherent use of a huge and growing range of wireless services, including the popular new mobile communications technologies. The ITU-R Sector also plays a vital role in the management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, finite natural resources which are increasingly in demand from a large number of services such as fixed, mobile, broadcasting, amateur, space research, meteorology, global positioning systems, environmental monitoring and last but not  least, those communications services that ensure safety of life at sea and in the skies.

Dr Hamadoun TOURE
Secretary-General, ITU
François RANCY
Director, BR


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