LONDON The World Radiocommunication Conference opened today in Geneva to address the worldwide use of radio frequencies and to meet the global demand for spectrum, fuelled by rapid technological developments and growth in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
Last held in the summer of 2003, the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) is the international forum for revising the Radio Regulations – the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.
The WRC-07 agenda focuses on some 30 items related to almost all terrestrial and space radio services and applications, including aeronautical telemetry and telecommand systems, satellite services, mobile communications, maritime distress and safety signals, digital broadcasting, satellites for meteorology, and the prediction and detection of natural disasters.
It will consider options to improve the international spectrum regulatory framework. It will examine the evolution of existing, emerging and future applications, systems and technologies in order to meet the growing demand for spectrum, orbit access and operations – an inevitable consequence of the accelerating convergence of radiocommunications services as well as the rapidly changing regulatory environment.
The conference will run until November 16 with more than 1500 delegates present on the opening day. Over 3000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the conference, which takes place at the Geneva International Conference Centre.
“This Conference will influence the future of international wireless communications, said François Rancy, chairman of WRC-07 “The objective of WRC-07 is to allow each country to use the spectrum for its own needs, as long as it does not affect the capacity of other countries to share the resource.”
“ICT are omnipresent tools with profound implications for all economic sectors,” added Dr Hamadoun Touré, secretary-general of International Telecommunication Union. “The convergence of broadcasting, telecommunication and information technologies create more potent and effective tools.”
Dr Touré pointed to the critical need of connecting remote and underserved regions of the world to the benefits of ICT and to the importance of radiocommunications in the event of a natural disaster and said “that if at all there is a chance to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), now less than 8 years away, we will have to rely on ICT to meet those targets.”