Nº 5 2015 > Allocating spectrum to the regions of the world
Region 1 — Representing the Commonwealth of Independent States
Albert Nalbandian (Armenia)
Chairman, Working Group on WRC‑15/RA‑15
Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC)
Increasing demands for more spectrum access by users means that it is necessary for the Radio Regulations to be updated in an efficient and timely manner. Revising the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits, is the prerogative of the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC).
The WRC‑15 agenda covers a wide range of topics, relating to spectrum (from 8.3 kHz to 3000 GHz) as well as almost all radiocommunication services and radio applications, from analogue narrowband systems to digital wireless broadband access systems. This illustrates the importance of a WRC to governmental, civilian and commercial users of the radio spectrum. Furthermore, the loss of a Malaysia Airlines flight in March 2014 prompted the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference to take quick action and include the issue of global flight tracking for civil aviation, including various aspects of the matter, on the current agenda for WRC‑15.
Common proposals developed by six regional groups are being submitted to the conference, and will greatly facilitate building consensus on the various agenda issues to be discussed.
The Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC) administrations common proposals are based on the need to ensure:
- The smooth operation and continuing improvement of radiocommunications, taking into account the development of new technologies.
- The balance of interests between existing and new radiocommunication systems of the various radiocommunication services.
- The continued existence of the different technical and economic capabilities of ITU Member States.
The ITU membership accords increasing importance to the WRC process to improve regulatory procedures, to provide frequency and orbit resources for new technologies, as well as the technical framework for the interference-free operation of radiocommunication systems.
The key to a successful WRC is good preparation through cooperation within each region, coordination among the regions, and compromises to reach consensus. This is the key to facilitate broadband access to information for everyone, anywhere and at any time.