Ofcom states UK position for WRC-15

10:50 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments

Ofcom has set out details on the positions the UK will take on certain key issues at the forthcoming International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15)

WRCs are held approximately every four years, and take decisions concerning the identification and international harmonisation of spectrum bands. Under a Government direction, Ofcom represents the UK at WRCs.

The next conference will take place in Geneva from November 2-27, 2015. It will consider a wide range of issues across a number of sector interests including mobile broadband, maritime, aeronautical, satellite and scientific use of spectrum.

Today’s statement follows a consultation in June 2014, and a subsequent update in January of this year.

UK Positions for WRC-15

Among the WRC-15 agenda items of concern to radio amateurs are:
• Agenda Item 1.1 - Additional allocations for Mobile (IMT) services and applications
• Agenda Item 1.4 Amateur service, on a secondary basis, in the 5250–5450 kHz band
• Agenda Item 1.10 - Additional mobile satellite IMT allocations in the 22-26 GHz range
• Agenda Item 1.18 – Radar for automotive applications in 77.5-78.0 GHz
• Agenda Item 9.1, issue 9.1.8 - Regulatory aspects for nano and pico-satellites

Of particular concern is the proposed Agenda for WRC-19 which completely omits the Amateur Satellite Service.

EUR-A25-2 - Primary allocation of the band 50-54 MHz - fails to recognise the requirements for an Amateur Satellite Service allocation in this part of the spectrum

The Amateur Satellite Service has no Primary Allocations between 146 MHz and 24 GHz. It have seen the limited secondary allocations in this region rendered near useless with WiFi and other services obliterating spectrum at 2.4 and 5 GHz.

In the UK half the secondary 10 GHz satellite allocation was sold to Telecom interests and the Galileo GPS service is now starting to occupy the 1260-1270 MHz allocation with some amateur systems already being ordered to shut down by national regulators in order to protect Galileo receivers.

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