The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference will be in session in Geneva, 23 January – 17 February 2012. According to a media release, “the work of this international treaty-making Conference will be conducted over four weeks to address the changes required to the regulation of orbit/spectrum resources in the interest of the users of these scarce resources, with global implications for both policy-makers and regulators.”
An estimated 2,000 ITU member states and observers from other international organizations and the private sector will participate.
The World Radiocommunication Conference will review the international regulatory framework for radiocommunications – the Radio Regulations – to take into account the rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT) and ensure that reliable radio services are available everywhere and at every moment, enabling people to live and travel safely and enjoy high performance radiocommunications.
The World Radiocommunication Conference will be preceded by the Radiocommunication Assembly – from January 16-20 2012 – which is responsible for setting future work programmes on many technical issues of a worldwide character in the field of radiocommunications and for approving worldwide radiocommunication standards (ITU-R Recommendations), such as IMT (International Mobile Telecommunications).
The 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) will focus on among other issues: review and revise the international regulatory framework for radiocommunications or the Radio Regulations; management of scarce radio-frequency spectrum to provide new opportunities for radiocommunication services, including those for maritime and aeronautical transport as well as for scientific purposes related to the environment, meteorology and climatology, disaster prediction, mitigation and relief and management of satellite orbital slots and associated spectrum resources. It will also deliberate on the introduction of mobile broadband and other advanced technologies, the use of digital dividend resulting from the switch over to digital TV, and the development of Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV).