WRC-23 Dossier
What will the UHF band look like in 10 years?
Mar 16, 2022
by Toby Youell

This week the European Commission announced a forthcoming workshop on the use of sub-700 MHz band spectrum in the EU. According to the agenda, the Commission is interested in knowing about international developments in the band (i.e. mobile broadband), as well as the evolution of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and… Read more...

New Dossier on WRC-23
Mar 03, 2022
by Toby Youell

The Radio Regulations, the UN level treaty document that provides a framework for global spectrum management, is up for review at the end of next year at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23). Although the Radio Regulations are sometimes ignored, the process of agreeing possible amendments forms a key part of… Read more...

WRC-23: Part 1 – overview of the status of regional preparations
Mar 02, 2022
by Dianne Northfield

Preparation for WRC-23 is in full swing with the ITU convening the first Inter-regional Workshop on WRC-23 Preparation in December 2021. In a series of Research Notes we examine the status of the preliminary views on WRC-23 Agenda Items that are shaping across regional organisations. This Note provides an overview… Read more...

WRC-23 Part 2 – status of regional positions on IMT and mobile-related items
Mar 02, 2022
by Dianne Northfield

WRC-23 will consider mobile use of a range of mid- and low-frequency ranges. Regional organisations are beginning to shape their positions on these items to the extent that points of contention and consensus are emerging. High priority items are IMT use of the 3.3-3.8 GHz and 6 GHz ranges, mobile… Read more...

WRC-23: Part 3 – status of regional positions on transport-related items
Mar 02, 2022
by Dianne Northfield

WRC-23 will consider a range of transport-related Agenda Items, some of which are framed to modernize outdated Radio Regulations. As regional organisations continue preparations for WRC-23, high-level consensus on these items is shaping. Nonetheless, a number of these items involve complex operational and technical issues that will complicate deliberations. Read more...

WRC-23: Part 4 – status of regional positions on satellite-related items
Mar 02, 2022
by Toby Youell

The satellite agenda items aim to increase the amount of spectrum available for satellite services and/or to relax the rules associated with these allocations. Three of them (AI 1.16, 1.17, and 1.19) directly respond to the growing demand for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) mega-constellations. Read more...

WRC-23: Part 5 – status of regional positions on science-related items
Mar 02, 2022
by Dianne Northfield

This note provides an overview of the status of the preparations of regional organisations on science-related WRC-23 Agenda Items and Topics. Read more...

Balancing arguments for and against WRC reform: Part 1 – agenda setting and scope and the WRC cycle
Mar 02, 2022
by Dianne Northfield

Is the WRC process broken? Views on this perennial question are country-, stakeholder- and issue-dependent, calling for a balanced analysis of the complex and often controversial spectrum management matters that the ITU seeks to mediate, and ultimately resolve. In two Research Notes we examine key criticisms of the WRC process,… Read more...

Balancing arguments for and against WRC reform: Part 2 – consensus model, member representation and politicisation
Mar 02, 2022
by Dianne Northfield

Is the WRC process broken? Views on this perennial question are country-, stakeholder- and issue-dependent, calling for a balanced analysis of the complex and often controversial spectrum management matters that the ITU seeks to mediate, and ultimately resolve. In two Research Notes we examine key criticisms of the WRC process,… Read more...