The 3rd ITU Inter-regional Workshop on WRC-19 Preparation was held in Geneva

On 4-6 September 2019, the 3rd ITU Inter-regional Workshop on WRC-19 Preparation (hereinafter – the Workshop) was held in Geneva, the Swiss Confederation. The relevant preparatory activities are being undertaken to exchange information and present positions on issues to be covered by the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) that will be held on 28 October - 22 November 2019.

The Workshop was attended by 366 delegates represented in the regional groups of the ITU Member-states, in particular, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), the Regional Communications Community (RCC), the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC), the African Telecommunication Union (ATU) and the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG).

The main purpose of the Workshop was the familiarization with the developed positions of regional organizations on each issue of the WRC-19’s agenda, sharing experience, discussing issues that have not been agreed upon yet, as well as seeking consensus on issues to ensure WRC-19’s success.

Thus, during the event, the experts of the ITU regional groups presented positions on the WRC-19 agenda items.

In general, in course of the Workshop the following WRC-19 agenda issues were actively discussed:

  • Identification of the frequency bands for the future development International Mobile Telecomminications (IMT) including possible additional frequency allocation for the mobile service;
  • Determination of the frequency bands for High Altitude Platform stations (HAPS) – aircrafts performing very long stratospheric flights that can be used for various purposes, such as telecommunications, public safety / emergency communications, intelligent transportation systems, maritime surveillance, environmental monitoring, etc;
  • Conditions for the use of wireless access systems, including local radio networks (WAS / RLAN) to provide effective communication for portable and mobile PC-based equipment;
  • Updating and upgrading of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System to take into account new frequency bands for additional satellite communications providers to expand geographical coverage, ensure safety of navigation and search and rescue operations, and improve collision avoidance systems;
  • Reviewing the frequency bands used by scientific services to ensure the Earth observation satellite services, meteorological satellite services and other systems are also able to provide environmental monitoring, climate change prediction, Earth resource monitoring and other essential services;
  • Consideration of additional frequencies for Earth Stations in Motion (ESIM) for linking aircraft, land vehicles and geostationary orbit (GSO) satellites, improvement of the international regulatory system to improve broadband satellite communications, including through the use of new GSO satellite systems consisting of several multi-satellite constellations;
  • ​Consideration of issues related to the protection of the broadcasting satellite service.

The Workshop was an important stage in the preparation for WRC-19 that starts in the nearest future and the participation of the Ukrainian delegation in the event contributed to the obtaining of necessary methodological materials and updated information for the preparation of Ukraine's position. Therefore the received materials will be used to form a final position for the WRC-19 agenda items, as well as to organize further work on the development of current and future policy of Ukraine, in particular, to protect its national interests within the framework of the ITU.