The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC ’19) begins today in Sharm El-Sheikh and will conclude on 22 November 2019.
The conference was preceded by the ITU Radiocommunication Assembly (RA ’19) which was held last week at the same venue, where top industry leaders and policymakers adopted resolutions on the future of radiocommunication systems and information and communication technologies.
Chaired by Sergey Pastukh of the Russian Federation, RA-19 set future work programmes for the ITU radiocommunication sector (ITU-R) and approved a range of radiocommunication standards and resolutions that will have a global impact on future radiocommunication technologies.
Commenting on the outcome of the RA’19, Mario Maniewicz, Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau said: “The Radiocommunication Assembly has done a stellar job in updating and adopting resolutions on innovative technologies as well as updating several standards that will shapen the further development of radiocommunication systems. The outcomes of RA’19 have set the stage for the World Radiocommunication Conference, which will play a pivotal role in shaping tomorrow’s digital communication ecosystem.”
Held every three to four years since 1992, the WRC is one of the most important international forums organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to review, and, if 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.
During the conference, heads of regulatory agencies worldwide and industry leaders in the telecommunications sector and spectrum management circle will dialogue on rising trends and developments in wireless communications, the mobile phone industry, digital broadcasting and the satellite industry.
The highlight of the conference includes the endorsement of the international agreement on wireless communications by ITU member states.
Also, during the conference, the ITU will allocate a spectrum for 5G mobile technology, laying the foundation for the spread of 5G services globally and enabling the growth potentials of Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, big data and geospatial analytics.
African leaders and industry experts are expected to secure 5G millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrums amid a clash of interest with the European space industry.
As the host country, Egypt is chairing the conference activities, which further reiterates the country’s role in fostering international cooperation in rapidly evolving technology sectors such as satellite broadband, wireless communication system, digital broadcasting systems and other emerging technologies.