Mobile broadband enabled globally in the 694-790 MHz frequency band
Geneva, 23 November 2015 – The ITU World Radiocommunication
Conference (WRC-15), currently in session 2-27 November, has taken a key
decision that will provide enhanced capacity for mobile broadband in the 694-790
MHz frequency band in
ITU Region-1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central
Asia) and a globally harmonized solution for the implementation of the digital
The decision allocates this band to the mobile service and identifies it for
International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in ITU Region-1, similarly to what
was decided by the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2007 (WRC-07) for ITU
Region-2 (Americas) and Region-3 (Asia-Pacific).
The provisions adopted by WRC-15 provide full protection to television
broadcasting, as well as to the aeronautical radionavigation systems operating
in this frequency band, specifically in countries of the Regional Commonwealth
in the field of Communications (RCC).
“The WRC-15 decision represents a landmark in the development of broadband
mobile on a worldwide scale, regardless of location, network or terminal used,”
said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “It goes a long way in enabling bridging
of the digital divide, while fully protecting the other services currently
operated in the band.”
“The global harmonization of the 694-790 MHz frequency band that has been
decided by WRC-15 paves the way for manufacturers and mobile operators to offer
mobile broadband at an affordable price in currently underserved areas,” said
François Rancy, Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau.
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is in session, 2-27 November at the International Convention Centre Geneva
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