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Friday, November 27, 2015

WRC-15 rounds up, allocates spectrum for future innovation

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) concluded its four-week meeting in the Geneva with a sign-off on the Final Acts that revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits and allocating spectrum for future innovation, reports ITRealms.

This step, experts said would spur long-term investments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry globally.

Also, this meeting marked the first Nigerian chairmanship over the conference led by Mr Festus Yusufu Narai Daudu, evena as he was assisted in the task by six Vice Chairmen, namely Mr A. Jamieson (New Zealand), Mr Y. Al-Bulushi (Oman), Mr D. Obam (Kenya), Ms D. Tomimura (Brazil), Mr A. Kühn (Germany), and Mr N. Nikiforov (Russian Federation).

An estimated 3,300 participants, representing 162 out of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s 193 Member States attended the four-week conference from 2 to 27 November. Some 500 participants representing 130 other entities, including industry, also attended the conference as observers. 

In his address, chairman of WRC-15, Mr. Daudu noted that as new technological innovations and applications emerge, they set new challenges as well as bring new opportunities for billions around the world. 

“This conference dealt with a large number of important and sensitive issues, ranging from mobile broadband communications and satellite systems to emergency communications and disaster relief, maritime and aeronautical communications, environmental monitoring and climate change, universal time and space research as well as radiocommunication services that the public relies on for health, information, education, security and safety,” he said.

Also speaking, the ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao pointed out that this World Radiocommunication Conference has defined new and better ways to regulate radio services and applications.

“In a world where radiocommunications are playing an increasingly important role in connecting people, I am convinced that the outcome of this conference will represent a major contribution in making the world a better –  and safer –  place for all,” Mr. Zhao said.

“A great deal has been achieved in the last four weeks and the results will have a major impact on the future of the telecommunication sector in general and radiocommunications in particular,” said
For the Director, ITU Radiocommunication Bureau, Mr François Rancy, the outcomes of WRC-15 are aimed at maintaining a stable, predictable and universally applied regulatory environment that secures long-term investments for the multi-trillion dollar ICT industry.

WRC-15 addressed over 40 topics related to frequency allocation and frequency sharing for the efficient use of spectrum and orbital resources. The outcomes ensure high quality radiocommunication services for mobile and satellite communications, maritime and aeronautical transport, air and road safety as well as for scientific purposes related to the environment, meteorology and climatology, disaster prediction, mitigation and relief. 

The ITU Radiocommunication Sector has been set an ambitious studies programme for the next four years covering a wide range of services from amateur radio to broadcasting, mobile broadband, mobile satellite, fixed satellite, earth stations on mobile platforms, and space exploration services.

WRC-15 adopted a revised version of Resolution 12 on Assistance and Support to Palestine, which resolves to continue assistance to Palestine and to enable Palestine to obtain and manage the spectrum required to operate telecommunications networks and wireless services. This followed an Israeli-Palestinian agreement to facilitate cellular phone operations and the establishment of a modern and reliable telecommunication network in Palestine.

 +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) 

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Pix: Sec-Gen, CTO, Shola Taylor congratulating Mr. Festus Daudu after his election as chairman WRC

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