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WRC-19 guide: Current Positions and Likely Outcomes

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  • 38 Pages
  • March 2018
  • Region: Global
  • Policy Tracker
  • ID: 4480834

For Anyone Needing an Overview of the Likely Impact of WRC-19 - or Taking Part in the Process - this is an Essential Resource

Over 30 agenda items - including the 5G mmWave bands - are being discussed at next year’s World Radio Conference, but which ones will affect your organisation; what has been agreed so far and what are the likely outcomes?

These are the questions answered in this WRC-19 guide. Based on interviews with the key ITU working group representatives as well as regulators and experts around the world, it is the most authoritative guide currently available.

It explains what is being discussed at WRC-19, how the process works and gives the expected timelines. The report identifies areas of consensus and disagreement and so predicts some likely outcomes. There is a special focus on the 5G mmWave bands.

For anyone needing an overview of the likely impact of WRC-19 - or taking part in the process - this is an essential resource.

Benefits of this report:

  • Find out which 5G bands are attracting the most support
  • Discover where consensus is emerging
  • Detailed explanation of regional and national positions
  • Identify the most important agenda items
  • Understand how WRC-19 could affect your organisation

Industries covered:

  • Mobile
  • Satellite
  • Earth exploration
  • High-Altitude Platform Stations (HAPs)
  • Wi-Fi

Table of Contents

1. Executive summary

  • Likely outcomes
  • AI 1.13 5G in the mmWave bands
  • AI 1.14: Additional spectrum for HAPs
  • AI 1.16: Wi-Fi at 5 GHz
  • AI 9.1 Unauthorized terminals
  • AI 1.4 Removal of limits on broadcasting-satellite service
  • AI 1.5 Satellite Earth Stations in Motion
  • AI 1.6 Non-geostationary satellites in V-Band
  • Other agenda items

2. What is WRC-19?

  • The ITU and its Radio Regulations

3. WRC-19 agenda, processes and timelines

  • The agenda
  • The CPM Report
  • How are regional positions formed?
  • Overlapping bands
  • The rest of this report
  • Agenda item summary table

4. 5G bands at WRC-19: the context

  • Building global consensus
  • The 26 / 28 GHz band
  • Other bands

5. 5G mmWave spectrum at WRC-19: process and regional overview

  • Task Group 5
  • Regional preliminary views
  • Regional approaches
  • Africa
  • The Americas
  • Arab countries
  • Asia-Pacific
  • The Commonwealth of Independent States
  • Europe

6. HAPS and non-5G mobile

  • Chapter 1: land mobile and fixed services
  • High-Altitude Platform Stations
  • Other agenda items: transport applications and active services
  • at 275 - 450 GHz
  • Chapter 2: broadband applications in the mobile service
  • Wi-Fi at 5 GHz
  • Terrestrial and satellite coexistence around 2 GHz

7. Satellite services

  • Removal of limits on broadcasting-satellite service
  • Earth Stations in Motion and unauthorized terminals
  • Non-geostationary satellites in V-Band
  • Other chapter 3 items

8. Scientific and other issues

  • TT&C for short duration satellites
  • Data collection systems
  • Chapter 5 (maritime, aeronautical and amateur services)
  • Chapter 6 (general issues)
  • Agenda items for future WRCs



Companies Mentioned

  • ACMA
  • Airbus
  • American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL)
  • APT
  • Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG), which brings together 22 Arab States
  • ATU
  • CEPT
  • CITEL Group
  • European Commission
  • Facebook
  • FCC, the politically controlled executive agency that manages spectrum in the USA
  • GSMA
  • ITU - R, the UN agency responsible for spectrum management
  • RCC
  • RTU
  • Space Frequency Coordination Group, which represents space agencies
  • The African Telecommunications Union
  • The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT)
  • TRA regulator
  • World Meteorogical Organisation