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ITU World Radiocommunication Conference set to open doors on 23 January 2012 in Geneva

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ITU World Radiocommunication Conference set to open doors on 23 January 2012 in Geneva


Radiocommunication Assembly meets 16-20 January




Geneva, 10 January 2012 – The World Radiocommunication Conference will be in session in Geneva, 23 January – 17 February 2012. 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. 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, 16-20 January 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.

A Press briefing by Mr François Rancy, Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau will be held on Friday, 20 January at 12:30 pm at the Palais des Nations (Room-I), Geneva, announcing the outcomes of the Radiocommunication Assembly and providing information on the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference.


 World Radiocommunication Conference




 23 January – 17 February 2012.

Press briefing: 20 January, 12:30 pm in Room-I, Palais des Nations, Geneva



 Geneva, CICG Convention Centre, 17 rue de Varembé, CH-1211




 The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) is normally held every three to four years. It is mandated to review and revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. The Radiocommunication Assembly is normally held during the week immediately prior to the WRC and shall provide the necessary technical basis for the work of the Conference.






 Over 2000 participants from around the world are expected to attend.

Deadline for accreditation: 12 January 2012. UN Press accreditation is valid, but registration is required for WRC-12 access badges.

Accredited Press will have access to CICG during the World Radiocommunication Conference, 23 January to 17 February 2012 as well as to the Radiocommunication Assembly, 16-20 January 2012. Access to the meeting rooms will be restricted and subject to the Assembly and Conference decisions.



The 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) will focus on the following:


1.Review and revise the international regulatory framework for radiocommunications –the Radio Regulations.2.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.3.Management of satellite orbital slots and associated spectrum resources.4.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).


For more information, please contact:

Sanjay Acharya

Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU

 +41 22 730 5046

 +41 79 249 4861



Grace Petrin

Promotion Officer

ITU Radiocommunication Bureau +41 22 730 5810

 +41 79 599 1428




Media accreditation enquiries:

Soraya Abino Quintana +41 22 730 5424



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