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ITU World and Regional Radiocommunication Seminars
ITU hosted the World Radiocommunication Seminar 2014 (WRS‑14) in Geneva on 8–12 December 2014 offering training focusing on the application of the ITU Radio Regulations and regulatory aspects of the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. More than 400 participants attended from over 90 countries.
ITU organizes world seminars on spectrum management every two years, as well as regional seminars aimed in particular at addressing the needs of developing countries. In his opening remarks, François Rancy, Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), noted that “radiocommunications are undergoing constant changes as a result of technological improvements, which need to be reflected in the international regulations on spectrum. These changes need to be reflected in the World Radiocommunication Conferences, ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU–R) Recommendations, best practices on spectrum use and the software tools that ITU uses to process the thousands of notices we receive every week reliably and efficiently”.
The first two days were dedicated to international frequency management and the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, as well as the application of the ITU Radio Regulations for terrestrial and space services. Participants were also briefed on the ITU–R study groups and publications; National Spectrum Management; the Radio Regulations Board; outcomes of the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC‑12) and agenda for WRC‑15; and the ITU Spectrum Management Training Programme (SMTP).
The final three days comprised workshops on space and terrestrial services. Attendees gained hands-on practical experience with ITU notification procedures, as well as with BR software and electronic publications for Member State Administrations and ITU–R membership. Participants were able to plan their personal schedule based on their own interests and needs. A survey was conducted after WRS‑14 to seek participants’ feedback: members agreed that the seminars offered useful and relevant content, and offered some suggestions for improvements. Future world radiocommunication seminars will take this feedback onboard in their design and implementation.
BR also holds regular regional seminars to cover all ITU Regions equitably as another opportunity to gain deeper insight into the Radio Regulations.
Two ITU regional radiocommunication seminars were held in 2014:
- 26–30 May 2014 — RRS‑14-Asia, Hanoi, Viet Nam;
- 14–18 July 2014 — RRS‑14-Americas, Island of Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago.
Further ITU Regional Radiocommunication Seminars (RRS) are currently foreseen for 2015 to respond to requests and expressions of interest in training opportunities from ITU membership:
- 2–6 March 2015 — ITU RRS‑15-Eastern Europe and the CIS, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The following seminars have been planned, with dates and venues yet to be confirmed:
- 20–24 April 2015 — ITU RRS‑15-Africa;
- 18–22 May 2015 — ITU RRS‑15-Asia, Manila, Philippines;
- 15 July 2015 (date to be confirmed) — ITU RRS‑15-Americas, El Salvador.
For more information, please contact BR or see the webpage for ITU’s World and Regional Radiocommunication Seminars at www.itu.int/go/ITU-R/seminars/.