Updated Dossier on WRC-23

The Radio Regulations, the UN-level treaty document that provides a framework for global spectrum management, is up for review in November—December 2023 in Dubai.

| Laura Sear

Although the Radio Regulations are sometimes ignored, the process of agreeing on possible amendments forms a key part of international consensus-building in spectrum management. Over the years, this consensus has helped to provide interference-free communications and affordable electronic equipment.

But engaging with the process is difficult. Reading ITU-R documents, once you find them, can be like picking up the world’s longest foreign language novel halfway and trying to figure out what is going on.

To demystify this year’s World Radiocommunication Conference, more generally known as WRC-23, we have published a dossier that explains the WRC process, describes the agenda items, and summarises the final regional positions in the run-up to next month’s Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-23) and WRC-23.

The updated dossier also contains a two-part report on arguments for and against the process.

The relevant Research Notes are now available to Spectrum Research Service subscribers.


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