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ITU Radiocommunication Seminar supports Space and
Terrestrial services development in Asia-Pacific

Manila Forum examines challenges ahead for space and terrestrial services

Geneva, 29 May 2015 – The Regional Radiocommunication Seminar 2015 and Workshop on Satellite Coordination for Asia-Pacific (RRS-15 Asia-Pacific) concluded today in Manila. The seminar was organized by ITU in cooperation with the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and the Department of Communications, Government of Australia, and hosted by the Information and Communications Technology Office, Department of Science and Technology (ICTO-DOST) of the Philippines.

The first two days of the seminar, which opened on 25 May, covered general concepts related to spectrum management as well as procedures associated with the recording of frequency assignments for satellites and terrestrial stations in the Master International Frequency Register (MIFR).

The third day was devoted to a workshop on terrestrial services, following which a two-day regional workshop was held on satellite coordination. The regional workshops provided hands-on experience with ITU notification procedures as well as with the software and electronic publications related to both space and terrestrial services that are made available by the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau to Member States and to ITU-R Sector Members.

A forum on "Space Planned Services: current status and challenges" on Saturday, 30 May will engage administrators, regulators, operators, and space and ground platform manufacturers in discussing the current status and challenges in the arena of space planned services in the region.

“The Regional Radiocommunication Seminar in Manila marks an important step in preparing for future decisions related to spectrum management and coordinating satellite assignments in the region,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “The seminar and the two workshops have contributed meaningfully towards the dissemination of information and capacity-building that will assist in the development of regional contributions to the forthcoming World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), which will be held in Geneva, 2-27 November 2015.

“Data can be transmitted with the click of a mouse button,” said Nicolas Ojeda Jr,, Deputy Executive Director, ICTO-DOST, representing Louis Napoleon Casambre, Undersecretary, ICTO-DOST. He noted that as ICTs are increasingly becoming a necessity in today’s world, there are many facets that can be further developed. “One particular area where such developments are needed is in satellite systems technology.”

Mr Ojeda added “satellite technology provides citizens with vital information they can use in everyday life, and in some cases for survival” as it is a valuable tool “in forecasting weather and other geological patterns that aid in disaster and risk mitigation”.

Over 65 participants from 20 countries attended the seminar.

For more information, please contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
telephone +41 22 730 5046
mobile +41 79 249 4861
email sanjay.acharya@itu.int
Grace Petrin
Communication Officer, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau
telephone +41 22 730 5810
mobile +41 79 599 1428
email brpromo@itu.int  

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