ITU-APT Foundation is strongly pushing for new 5G bands at World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) in Sharm El-Sheikh from 28 October to 22 November, 2019.
Held every three to four years, WRC is one of the most important international forums organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits.
ITU-APT Foundation of India has set a strong delegation with a mix of high level government and industry delegation as a part of the Indian delegation to WRC-19 and RA-19.
The Plenary meeting of RA-19, attended by over 2,000 delegates from more than 100 countries from around the world has approved the following text to be included in the report: RA-19 acknowledges concern raised by India regarding the difficulties that India is currently facing with continuing in compatibility between MSS and MS(LTE) and is of the opinion that changing the category from S2 to S1 may not necessarily resolve the problem in due time.
RA-19 therefore invites WRC-19 when considering the report of the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau to WRC-19 in this regard, to take necessary action it deems appropriate, with a view to accelerate the satisfactory resolution of the problem raised in the Director’s report and by the Administration of India.
Bharat Bhatia, President, ITU APT Foundation of India, applauded the decision of the conference and said that both industry and government are working in unison to ensure necessary global agreement on various issues at RA19 and WRC-19, in particular on issues relating to 5G spectrum and technology at the WRC-19.
Under the mandate of the ITU Constitution, WRC-19 will focus on: Revising radio regulations and any associated frequency assignment and allotment plans; Address any radiocommunication matter of worldwide character; Instruct the Radio Regulations Board and the Radiocommunication Bureau, and review their activities; and determine questions for study by the Radiocommunication Assembly and its Study Groups, in preparation for future Radiocommunication Conferences.
Also, during the WRC conference the ITU will allocate a spectrum for 5G mobile technology, laying the foundation for the spread of 5G services globally and enabling growth potential of Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing, big data and geospatial analytics.