Nº 5 2015 > Allocating spectrum to the regions of the world
Region 2 — Representing the Americas
Hector Budé (Uruguay)
Chairman, Working Group for Regional and World Radiocommunication Conferences, Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL)
In mid-August, after a period of over three years in the course of which numerous meetings were held in beautiful cities of the Americas, the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) completed its work of discussing, preparing and consolidating the proposals it is to present to WRC‑15.
The geographical dimensions of the Americas region, along with its very varied needs, interests, and characteristics, mean that the actions it has undertaken and approaches it has adopted in order to satisfy requirements and contribute to the advance and development of societies, is quite complex. It has also meant that consensus has not yet been reached on each and every topic related to radiocommunications that will be discussed at the forthcoming WRC.
But paradoxical as it may seem at first sight, the results achieved have raised the degree of comprehension and understanding. In many cases, similarities can be highlighted between the criteria employed, and in fact consensus has been reached on the vast majority of subjects.
In summary, these are a few of the proposals that CITEL will put forward at WRC‑15:
- Identify the bands 1435–1518 MHz and 3400–3600 MHz for international mobile telecommunications (IMT).
- Do not identify the bands 2700–2900 MHz, 3600–4200 MHz and 4500–4800 MHz for IMT.
- Add global primary allocations to the Earth exploration-satellite service in the bands 7190–7250 MHz and 9900–10500 MHz.
- Adopt Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) without the leap second.
- Add the primary allocation to the radiolocation service at 78 GHz for vehicle collision warning system applications.
- Add the primary allocation to the aeronautical mobile-satellite service to allow operation of the ADS‑B system at 1090 MHz destined for the global flight tracking of aircraft.
- Include, as topics for WRC‑19, the undertaking of studies: a) for the possible identification of frequencies for IMT between 10 and 76 GHz in certain bands and b) for the global aeronautical safety system.
Lastly, we are convinced that, in keeping with the tradition of goodwill and cooperation on the part of everyone, WRC‑15 will mark another significant milestone for ITU.