Nº 10 2010 > ITU at a glance
World Radiocommunication Seminar highlights future communication technologies
The ITU World Radiocommunication Seminar 2010 (WRS‑10), which took place in Geneva from 6 to 10 December 2010, discussed international regulations on the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.
Discussions during the week also focused on key technological issues, such as future standards for mobile phones.
WRS‑10 provided participants with essential technical and regulatory background information to assist them to prepare for the upcoming ITU World Radiocommunication Conference, to be held in Geneva from 23 January to 17 February 2012.
LTE-Advanced and WirelessMAN-Advanced to be accorded the official designation of IMT‑Advanced
WRS‑10 also focused on progress made in ITU–R Study Groups and provided the latest information on topical issues related to radio standardization and spectrum management. A highlight of these activities was the recent decision of ITU regarding the platform for the next generation of mobile broadband telecommunications, known as IMT‑Advanced.
Following a detailed evaluation against stringent technical and operational criteria, ITU has determined that “LTE-Advanced” and “WirelessMAN-Advanced” should be accorded the official designation of IMT‑Advanced. As the most advanced technologies currently defined for global wireless mobile broadband communications, IMT‑Advanced is considered as “4G”, although it is recognized that this undefined term may also be applied to the forerunners of these technologies, LTE and WiMax, and to other evolved 3G technologies providing a substantial level of improvement in performance and capabilities with respect to the initial third generation systems now deployed.
The detailed specifications of the IMT‑Advanced technologies will be provided in a new ITU–R Recommendation expected in early 2012.
WRS‑10 also focused on developments in 3D TV (or three-dimensional television), digital broadcasting, aeronautical and maritime services, and the coordination of satellite networks. Workshops were conducted in parallel on space and terrestrial services.
ITU Deputy Secretary-General Houlin Zhao paid tribute to outgoing Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau, Valery Timofeev who has come to the end of two four-year terms in office. Mr Zhao also welcomed François Rancy of France, who assumed that office in January 2011, following his election at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico in October 2010.
Mr Timofeev, presiding over his last event as Director, expressed his pleasure at the level of interest in WRS‑10, particularly with the participation of several key spectrum management companies. “This is a demonstration of the vitality and strength of the industry that is so important to all of us,” Mr Timofeev said. Five companies in the radiocommunication sector showcased their products in an exhibition during the seminar: LS telcom AG, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH, THALES Communications, Transfinite, and Wavefront.
Mr Timofeev announced the launch of the Radiocommunication Collection in ITU’s History Portal, which has been developed by ITU’s Library and Archives Division. He said, “This important tool will give us an insight on the historical data related to the radiocommunication conferences and related fields.” The Radiocommunication Collection provides free access to many of the publications and documents that have been produced as the result of various ITU Radiocommunication Conferences including the most recent World Radiocommunication Conferences, World Administrative Radio Conferences and many of the early International Radiotelegraph Conferences.