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World Radiocommunication Conference 2015
The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC‑15) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2 to 27 November 2015.
WRCs are held every three to four years. The mandate of the WRC is to review, and, where necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by the ITU Council, which takes into account recommendations made by previous World Radiocommunication Conferences. The WRC‑15 agenda will also include an item on the spectrum requirements for global flight tracking for civil aviation, as requested by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP‑14).
WRC‑15 will consider the results of the studies on options to improve the international spectrum regulatory framework based on the effectiveness, appropriateness and impact of the Radio Regulations with respect to the evolution of existing, emerging and future applications, systems and technologies. Decisions will also be made on the most profitable and efficient ways to exploit the limited resource of radio frequency spectrum and manage satellite orbits, both of which are critical and increasingly valuable for the development of the global economy in the 21st Century.
The Conference will also address any radiocommunication matter of worldwide character, instruct the Radio Regulations Board and the Radiocommunication Bureau, and review their activities, determine the Questions for study by radiocommunication assemblies and the study groups in preparation for future radiocommunication conferences.
Preparatory process for WRC‑15
The WRC is preceded by a long and rigorous preparatory process to lay the groundwork and ensure that delegates are informed on all the issues and understand the implications of the different options under discussion. The preparatory meetings leading up to and preparing for WRC‑15 are as follows:
- The first session of CPM for WRC‑15 (CPM15‑1) was held in Geneva on 20–21 February 2012.
- The second session of CPM for WRC‑15 (CPM15‑2) will be held in Geneva from 23 March to 2 April 2015.
- The first ITU Inter-regional Workshop on WRC‑15 Preparation took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 4–5 December 2013.
- The second ITU Inter-regional Workshop on WRC‑15 Preparation took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12–13 November 2014.
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