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WRC-2003. Mike Goddard Spectrum Policy and International Director Radiocommunications Agency. Outline. WRCs and the Radio Regulations WRC-03 Agenda Preparations - national, regional, global Next WRC. World Radiocommunication Conference.

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Wrc 2003


Mike Goddard Spectrum Policy and International DirectorRadiocommunications Agency



  • WRCs and the Radio Regulations

  • WRC-03 Agenda

  • Preparations - national, regional, global

  • Next WRC

World radiocommunication conference

World Radiocommunication Conference

  • A conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN body

  • Updates the International Radio Regulations

  • Meets every 2/3 years - although likely to be longer in future

  • Agenda set mainly by previous WRC

International radio regulations

International Radio Regulations

  • An international treaty

  • Rules and regulations for international cooperation on the use of radio frequencies

  • Contain the International Table of Frequency Allocations, the global framework for national spectrum planning

  • Include Resolutions and Recommendations of WRCs, some of which have specific regulatory force

Wrc 03 agenda

WRC-03 Agenda

  • Over 40 items - very wide range of radio services and frequencies (from Amateur at HF to space science above 275 GHz)

  • With increasing use of spectrum, most issues involve trade-off between:- radio services(e.g. mobile and fixed)- terrestrial and space services(e.g. fixed terrestrial and fixed-satellite)- commercial and government (e.g.commercial VSATS and defence radars)

Preparations national

Preparations - national

  • International Frequency Planning Group responsible for overall policy

  • Government and private-sector members

  • Coordinator appointed for each Agenda item

  • Parallel working with European and global preparations

Preparations european

Preparations - European

  • European preparations in Conference Preparatory Group of CEPT (45 countries)

  • Numerous meetings of CPG between WRC-2000 and WRC-03, most recent 10-14 Feb 03

  • CPG produces comprehensive set of European Common Proposals (ECPs) and Brief - ECPs on most Agenda items adopted

  • Coordination continued during WRC

Preparations itu

Preparations - ITU

  • Many technical and other studies conducted in ITU-R Study Groups and Special Committee on Regulatory/Procedural Matters

  • Results brought together in Report of Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM)(Nov 2002)

Key mobile issues

Key Mobile Issues

  • Public Protection and Disaster Relief

  • RLANs at 5 GHz

  • IMT-2000 and beyond (3rd (and 4th?) generation mobile) inc. conflict with Broadcasting-Satellite

  • Mobile-Satellite inc. aeronautical

  • TWIMS (Terrestrial wireless interactive multimedia services)

Public protection and disaster relief ppdr agenda 1 3

Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) (Agenda 1.3)

  • Agenda seeks harmonised allocations

  • PP and DR are separate issues

  • For PP, identify range of bands for countries to choose

  • Further consideration of long-term requirements for high bandwidth applications

  • ECP adopted and acceptable to UK - includes 380-470 MHz tuning range with 380-400 MHz as a core band

Rlans at 5 ghz agenda 1 5

RLANs at 5 GHz (Agenda 1.5)

  • Many shared allocations around 5 GHz

  • But no primary mobile allocation to support RLANs

  • Any solution will involve delicate compromise between services (eg MSS feeder links)

  • ECP adopted acceptable to UK

  • Proposes new primary mobile allocation (DFS mandatory) and protection of existing services

Imt 2000 and beyond agenda 1 22

IMT-2000 and beyond (Agenda 1.22)

  • Pressure from outside Europe to identify spectrum for “4G” - around 4 GHz

  • Also interest in allocations below 600 MHz (eg 450 - 470 MHz)

  • WRC-2000 identified alternative 3G expansion bands

  • Of these, Europe has agreed 2.5 - 2.69 GHz (ERC Decision Nov 2002)

  • ECP adopted - no new allocations; update existing texts; return to issue at next WRC (2007?)

Mobile satellite issues agenda 1 16 and 1 20

Mobile-Satellite issues (Agenda 1.16 and 1.20)

  • Pressure (mainly from US) for additional MSS allocations below 1 GHz, and associated feeder links around 1.4 GHz

  • Conflict with existing allocations and services including key mobile and fixed bands

  • ECP adopted proposing no new allocations

  • Fully acceptable to UK

Mobile satellite 1 3 ghz agenda 1 31

Mobile-satellite 1-3 GHz (Agenda 1.31)

  • To meet needs of MSS community (and UK-based Inmarsat in particular)

  • Included at insistence of UK following failure to achieve additional allocations at least 2 WRCs

  • ECP adopted proposing new pair of allocations at 1 518-1 525 MHz and 1 668-1 675 MHz

Aeronautical mobile satellite agenda 1 11

Aeronautical Mobile-Satellite (Agenda 1.11)

  • Proposal to extend allocation at 14 - 14.5 GHz to include aero mobile-satellite

  • Driven by Boeing (“Connexions” programme) to provide data links to passengers’ laptops

  • ECP adopted to extend allocation and meet this requirement, while providing protection of fixed services

  • Acceptable to UK

Terrestrial wireless interactive multimedia services twims agenda 1 21

Terrestrial Wireless Interactive Multimedia Services (TWIMS) (Agenda 1.21)

  • Original intention to respond to new, ill-defined, applications

  • UK has sought to use to introduce flexibility in UHF TV spectrum, in particular so as not to constrain use of spectrum released after digital switch-over

  • Has proved extremely difficult to convince other European countries, most of which see only conventional broadcasting usage

  • No ECP yet

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