Nº 5 2015 > Allocating spectrum to the regions of the world
Region 1 — Representing Europe
Alexander Kϋhn (Germany)
Chairman, Conference Preparatory Group The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT)
When the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC‑15) discusses the 33 different agenda items in detail, the 193 Member States of ITU will most likely show the strength of consensual decisions based on the common understanding that radiocommunication does not stop at territorial borders. The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) has contributed actively during the last four years to the preparation of technical, operational and regulatory studies on all subjects to be discussed during the month of November at WRC‑15. Acknowledging that some items may be of more public interest than others, the broadness of the agenda indicates clearly the high dynamic of technological development in all information and communication technology sectors, and the necessity to address corresponding questions towards spectrum, from 4G to amateur radio, from manned space missions to modern maritime data exchange systems, and from safety of car traffic to the safety of air traffic. Therefore, it is the clear understanding of CEPT members that WRC‑15 underlines the importance of globally harmonized solutions for radiocommunication.
In particular, CEPT has put emphasis on, and supports, the development towards the future of mobile broadband. CEPT is of the view that globally harmonized frequencies are the essential key to achieving the benefits of ICT for everyone, in particular, economies of scale, easy roaming, and bridging the digital divide.
Other items on the agenda on regulation and spectrum for ICT systems within the aviation and maritime sectors also indicate that the trend to use radiocommunication technology to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of ICT systems remains unbroken. This is also underlined by the numerous proposals for new agenda items for consideration by subsequent world radiocommunication conferences.
WRC‑15 has also to decide on several questions regarding satellites. New spectrum for the fixed-satellite service, either uplink or downlink in various bands are under consideration. Extension bands usable for Earth-exploration satellites will provide much more detailed information on the impact of climate change, which is one great challenge of our time.
Finally, taking into account the review of existing regulations for specific services, such as for terrestrial (like public protection and disaster relief) or for satellites, the following conclusion comes to mind: WRC‑15 is important for everyone!