ITU Conference to review international regulatory framework for radiocommunications

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12) is set to review the international regulatory framework for radiocommunications, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – organisers of the conference.

The conference starts January 23 –February 17, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland with over 3000 participants across the world expected to attend.

The ITU says in an emailed statement to November 16, 2011 that the radio regulations will also be revised during the conference to reflect the increasing convergence in radio services arising from the rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT).

The World Radiocommunication Conference, held every three to four years, is mandated to review and revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.

WRC-12 will facilitate the management of scarce orbit/spectrum resources in the interest of end-users, with global implications for both policy-makers and the industry, the statement added.

The 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) will focus on the following:

  • Management of scarce radio-frequency spectrum to provide new opportunities for radiocommunication services, including those for maritime and aeronautical transport as well as for scientific purposes related to the environment, meteorology and climatology, disaster prediction, mitigation and relief.
  • Management of satellite orbital slots and associated spectrum resources
  • The introduction of mobile broadband and other advanced technologies, the use of digital dividend resulting from the switch over to digital TV and the development of Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV).

By Ekow Quandzie

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