Nº 5 2015 > Allocating spectrum to the regions of the world
Region 1 — Representing Africa
Abdoulkarim Soumalia (Niger)
Secretary-General, African Telecommunication Union (ATU)
Acknowledging the importance of world radiocommunication conferences, and taking into account the many complex agenda items for WRC‑15, and based on the experience of WRC‑12, the region under the African Telecommunication Union (ATU) framework commenced preparations for WRC‑15 in good time. Specifically, the 1st African Preparatory Meeting for WRC‑15 (APM15‑1) was held in Dakar, Senegal from 18 to 20 March 2013, which was only three months after WRC‑12. The main outcomes of APM15‑1 were the establishment of an ATU work plan for WRC‑15 preparations; appointment of chapter coordinators; adoption of the African Spectrum Working Group (AfriSWoG) framework; setting up of templates for proposals for subsequent APMs; establishment of a future work plan on the GE‑06 frequency plan modifications; and coordination in view of the second digital dividend.
In accordance with the work plan established at APM15‑1, APM15‑2 was held in Khartoum, Sudan from 27 to 30 January 2014. APM15‑3 was held in Abuja, Nigeria from 26 to 29 January 2015, and finally, APM15‑4 was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 20 to 23 July 2015. APM15‑4 attracted a record number in the history of APMs — around 300 participants from 36 African countries. The region also convened two AfriSWoG meetings which enabled the region to input technical papers to the work of ITU on the technical aspects for use of the second digital dividend. AfriSWoG also undertook studies on the current and future planned use of the C‑band; IMT spectrum requirement estimates by the year 2020 in the African region; and the introduction of digital sound broadcasting, including optimization of the GE84 (the frequency modulation (FM) plan).
As well as the African Preparatory Meetings, the region has actively participated in the ITU WRC‑15 preparatory activities, notably the two Conference Preparatory Meetings, the Joint Task Group 4‑5‑6‑7, and the radiocommunication study group meetings.