Nº 5 2015 > Allocating spectrum to the regions of the world
Region 1 — Representing the Arab States
Tariq Al Awadhi (United Arab Emirates)
Executive Director, Spectrum Affairs
Chairman, Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG)
The decisions of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) have a huge impact on the use of the limited resource of radio spectrum in the Arab region. They also play a crucial role in identifying future trends in technology and infrastructure development in the Arab States.
The Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) has held five preparatory meetings for WRC‑15, the last in August 2015. These meetings were a platform for shaping the views of the region on the different agenda items for WRC‑15 and in crystalizing the Arab common proposals for the conference. In addition, the meetings provided the opportunity for other regional organizations and industry members to participate, ensuring the exchange of information and continuous coordination to facilitate the work and decisions ahead of the conference.
Following the results of the preparatory meetings, ASMG’s views on different agenda items have been prepared. These relate to mobile broadband and international mobile telecommunications (IMT), such as Agenda items 1.1 and 1.2, where ASMG administrations have a particular interest in supporting the allocation of spectrum for IMT in certain frequency bands, specifically the 700 MHZ band, to come into effect after WRC‑15. Furthermore, ASMG has prepared proposals for other key agenda items under satellite technical and regulatory issues, such as Agenda items 1.6 and 7, and proposals for future conference agenda items under Agenda item 10 relating to IMT.
The ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU–R) has had a big role to play during the WRC preparatory process. It has facilitated the meetings of different study groups and working parties, and has significantly contributed in converging different views between the regional organizations, in particular by organizing three successful inter-regional workshops where regional groups were able to express their opinions and discuss their positions for each agenda item.
ASMG is looking forward to continuing this collaborative participation at WRC‑15, along with other countries, international, regional and intergovernmental organizations, scientific and industrial institutions, manufacturers, and specialized agencies of the United Nations. Together, all parties will discuss and find consensus-based solutions for the various issues at stake under the agenda items of the conference. In addition, ASMG is also aspiring to successfully lead the works of Committee 5 and Working Group 4B of the conference.