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Australian Preliminary Views—WRC-19 agenda items

As at 28 June 2017

The following Australian Preliminary Views on the agenda items of the ITU 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) have been agreed at the ACMA Preparatory Group meeting for WRC-19 on 28 June 2017. The Preliminary Views will be progressively revised at future ACMA PG WRC-19 meetings.

Where no agenda item is shown, no views have been developed at this time. 

CHAPTER 1 – LAND MOBILE AND FIXED SERVICES

Agenda item 1.11 - Regional spectrum harmonisation of railway radiocommunication systems in existing MS allocations

to take necessary actions, as appropriate, to facilitate global or regional harmonized frequency bands to support railway radiocommunication systems between train and trackside within existing mobile service allocations, in accordance with Resolution 236 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports studies under Resolution 236 (WRC-15) toward possible harmonisation of frequency bands in existing land mobile service allocations for railway radiocommunication systems between train and trackside (RSTT). Australia is of the view that no change to the Radio Regulations is required under this agenda item to accommodate regional and/or global harmonisation for RSTT. 

Australia encourages further studies on technical and operational characteristics for RSTT to be accommodated through ITU-R Recommendations and Reports. Australia is also of the view that ITU‑R studies on RSTT should not be restricted to, or preclude, any particular relevant technology.

Agenda item 1.12 - Harmonisation of Intelligent Transport Systems in MS allocations

to consider possible global or regional harmonized frequency bands, to the maximum extent possible, for the implementation of evolving Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) under existing mobile-service allocations, in accordance with Resolution 237 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports studies under Resolution 237 (WRC-15) toward possible harmonisation of frequency bands in existing mobile service allocations for the implementation of evolving Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). 

Australia is of the view that no change to the Radio Regulations is required to satisfy this agenda item, and that no new WRC Resolution addressing this matter is necessary. 

Furthermore, spectrum harmonisation may be achieved by development of ITU-R Recommendations and supported by relevant new and/or revised ITU-R Reports. 

Australia is also of the view that the ITU-R studies and any harmonised frequency bands for ITS should not be restricted to, nor exclude, any particular ITS technology.

Agenda item 1.14 - Regulatory actions for HAPS in certain existing FS allocations above 5 GHz

to consider, on the basis of ITU‑R studies in accordance with Resolution 160 (WRC‑15), appropriate regulatory actions for high-altitude platform stations (HAPS), within existing fixed-service allocations

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports ITU-R studies of appropriate regulatory actions for high-altitude platform stations (HAPS), including sharing and compatibility studies with existing services allocated in the frequency ranges identified in Resolution 160 (WRC-15), and as appropriate, adjacent band studies.

Agenda item 1.15 - Land-mobile and FS applications 275-450 GHz

to consider identification of frequency bands for use by administrations for the land-mobile and fixed services applications operating in the frequency range 275‑450 GHz, in accordance with Resolution 767 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports ITU-R studies to consider identification of frequency bands for use by administrations for the land-mobile and fixed services applications operating in the frequency range 275‑450 GHz, in accordance with Resolution 767 (WRC-15) noting the need to maintain protection of the passive services identified in Radio Regulations No. 5.565

CHAPTER 2 – BROADBAND APPLICATIONS IN THE MOBILE SERVICE

Agenda item 1.13 - IMT in various bands above 24.25 GHz

to consider identification of frequency bands for the future development of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), including possible additional allocations to the mobile service on a primary basis, in accordance with Resolution 238 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports the consideration of additional frequency bands for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), including possible additional mobile allocations on a primary basis, in accordance with Resolution 238 (WRC-15).

Australia supports ITU-R sharing and compatibility studies of frequency bands defined in Resolution 238 (WRC-15) and where necessary adjacent frequency bands, in order to inform decisions on potential new IMT identifications and primary mobile allocations. A key element of these studies is to ensure incumbent allocated services are adequately protected

Agenda item 1.16 - WAS/RLAN between 5 150 MHz and 5 925 MHz

to consider issues related to wireless access systems, including radio local area networks (WAS/RLAN), in the frequency bands between 5 150 MHz and 5 925 MHz, and take the appropriate regulatory actions, including additional spectrum allocations to the mobile service, in accordance with Resolution 239 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports ITU-R sharing and compatibility studies, and subject to study conclusions, identification of appropriate regulatory actions to address the considerable growth and demand for wireless access systems, including radio local area networks (WAS/RLAN) in the frequency ranges identified in Resolution 239 (WRC-15).

Australia notes, under invites ITU-R b) of the Resolution that studies in the frequency ranges are to ensure ‘the protection of incumbent services including their current and planned use’.

Agenda item 9 Issue: 9.1.1 - Compatibility between terrestrial and satellite IMT in the bands 1 885-2 025 MHz and 2 110-2 200 MHz

Resolution 212 (Rev.WRC‑15) Implementation of International Mobile Telecommunications in the frequency bands 1 885-2 025 MHz and 2 110‑2 200 MHz

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports ITU-R studies regarding possible technical and operational measures to ensure coexistence and compatibility between the terrestrial component of IMT (in the mobile service) and the satellite component of IMT (in the mobile service and the mobile-satellite service) in the frequency bands 1 980- 2 010 MHz and 2 170-2 200 MHz.

Australia supports no change to the Radio Regulations, but encourages the development of appropriate ITU-R Recommendations/Reports to address this issue.

Agenda item 9 Issue: 9.1.5 - Referencing revised Recommendations ITU-R M.1638-1 and M.1849-1 in RR Nos. 5.447F and 5.450A

Resolution 764 (WRC‑15) Consideration of the technical and regulatory impacts of referencing Recommendations ITU‑R M.1638‑1 and ITU‑R M.1849‑1 in Nos. 5.447F and 5.450A of the Radio Regulations

Australian Preliminary View

It is recognised that additional studies on compatibility between WAS/RLAN systems and radiolocation systems might be required, and that radiolocation systems are to be protected in accordance with parameters defined under the Recommendations ITU-R M.1683-1 and M.1849-1. 

Agenda item 9.1 Issue: 9.1.8 - Implementation of narrowband and broadband machine-type communication infrastructures

Issue 3) in the Annex to Resolution 958 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) studies on technical and operational aspects of narrowband and broadband machine type communications. Studies should focus on the development of ITU-R Recommendations, Reports and/or Handbooks, as appropriate.

Australia is of the view that no change to the Radio Regualtions is required under this issue.

CHAPTER 3 – SATELLITE SERVICES

Agenda item 1.4 - Review limitations of Annex 7 to Appendix 30 (Rev.WRC-12)

to consider the results of studies in accordance with Resolution 557 (WRC‑15), and review, and revise if necessary, the limitations mentioned in Annex 7 to Appendix 30 (Rev.WRC‑12), while ensuring the protection of, and without imposing additional constraints on, assignments in the Plan and the List and the future development of the broadcasting-satellite service within the Plan, and existing and planned fixed-satellite service networks

Australian Preliminary View

Australia is receptive to possible revision of the limitations of Annex 7 of Radio Regulations Appendix 30, provided such revisions are supported by rigorous study and do not significantly impact on Australia’s current and future FSS/BSS usage in the 11.7-12.75 GHz frequency band.

Agenda item 1.5 - ESIMs use of 17.7-19.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 27.5-29.5 GHz (Earth-to-space)

to consider the use of the frequency bands 17.7-19.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 27.5‑29.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) by earth stations in motion communicating with geostationary space stations in the fixed-satellite service and take appropriate action, in accordance with Resolution 158 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports a regulatory framework for the operation of earth stations in motion (ESIMs) in the bands 17.7-19.7 GHz and 27.5-29.5 GHz, taking into account Resolution 158 (WRC-15) while ensuring protection of, and not imposing undue constraints on, services already allocated in those frequency bands.

Agenda item 1.6 - Regulatory framework for non-GSO FSS satellite systems 37.5-39.5 GHz (space-to-Earth), 39.5-42.5 GHz (space-to-Earth), 47.2-50.2 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 50.4-51.4 GHz (Earth-to-space)

to consider the development of a regulatory framework for non-GSO FSS satellite systems that may operate in the frequency bands 37.5-39.5 GHz (space-to-Earth), 39.5-42.5 GHz (space-to-Earth), 47.2-50.2 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 50.4-51.4 GHz (Earth-to-space), in accordance with Resolution 159 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports studies into the technical and operational issues associated with the establishment of a regulatory framework for non-GSO FSS satellite systems in the 37.5-39.5 GHz (space-to-Earth), 39.5-42.5 GHz (space-to-Earth), 47.2-50.2 GHz (Earth-to-space), and 50.4-51.4 GHz (Earth-to-space), in accordance with Resolution 159 (WRC-15).               

Agenda item 7 - Satellite regulatory and procedural issues

to consider possible changes, and other options, in response to Resolution 86 (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, an advance publication, coordination, notification and recording procedures for frequency assignments pertaining to satellite networks, in accordance with Resolution 86 (Rev.WRC‑07) to facilitate rational, efficient, and economical use of radio frequencies and any associated orbits, including the geostationary‑satellite orbit

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports consideration of possible changes to improve advance publication, coordination, notification and recording procedures for frequency assignments pertaining to satellite networks on the basis that activity under this agenda item is not used to make changes to allocations in Article 5 of the Radio Regulations.

Agenda item 9.1 Issue: 9.1.2 - Compatibility of IMT and BSS (sound) in the band 1 452-1 492 MHz in Regions 1 and 3

Resolution 761 (WRC‑15) Compatibility of International Mobile Telecommunications and broadcasting-satellite service (sound) in the frequency band 1 452-1 492 MHz in Regions 1 and 3

Australian Preliminary View

Australia will monitor studies in ITU-R Working Parties 4A and 5D. The 1 452-1 492 MHz frequency band was globally identified by WRC-15 for use by administrations wishing to implement International Mobile Telecommunications in accordance with Resolution 223 (Rev. WRC-15).

Agenda item 9.1 Issue 9.1.3 – Technical, operational and regulatory provisions for new non-GSO systems in the 3 700-4 200 MHz, 4 500-4 800 MHz, 5 925-6 425 MHz and 6 725-7 025 MHz FSS frequency bands

Resolution 157 (WRC‑15) Study of technical and operational issues and regulatory provisions for new non-geostationary-satellite orbit systems in the 3 700-4 200 MHz, 4 500-4 800 MHz, 5 925-6 425 MHz and 6 725-7 025 MHz frequency bands allocated to the fixed-satellite service

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports ITU-R studies of technical and operational issues and regulatory provisions for possible new non-geostationary-satellite orbit systems in the frequency bands 3 700-4 200 MHz, 4 500-4 800 MHz, 5 925-6 425 MHz and 6 725-7 025 MHz allocated to the fixed-satellite service in accordance with Resolution 157 (WRC-15).

Australia notes that new non-geostationary-satellite systems in these bands should not cause harmful interference to, or impose unacceptable constraints on, other services operating in these bands.

Otherwise Australia is yet to form a view on this Issue.

Agenda item 9.1 Issue: 9.1.9 - Regulatory and allocation issues FSS (Earth to space) 51.4-52.4 GHz

Resolution 162 (WRC‑15)

Studies relating to spectrum needs and possible allocation of the frequency band 51.4-52.4 GHz to the fixed-satellite service (Earth-to-space)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports consideration of an allocation to the fixed-satellite service (Earth-to-space) in the frequency band 51.4-52.4 GHz, subject to satisfactory outcomes of ITU-R studies related to spectrum needs and compatibility with co-frequency and adjacent band services, in accordance with Resolution 162 (WRC-15).

CHAPTER 4 – SCIENCE SERVICES

Agenda item 1.2 – In-band power limits for MSS, MetSat and EESS earth stations 401-403 MHz and 399.9-400.05 MHz

to consider in-band power limits for earth stations operating in the mobile-satellite service, meteorological-satellite service and Earth exploration-satellite service in the frequency bands 401-403 MHz and 399.9-400.05 MHz, in accordance with Resolution 765 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Contingent upon results of ITU-R studies Australia supports the establishment of appropriate in-band power limits for MSS, MetSat and EESS Earth stations operating in the 401-403 MHz and 399.9‑400.05 MHz bands (Earth-to-space) in order to ensure compatibility between existing and future applications with these and other services operating in the frequency bands.  

Agenda item 1.3 - Primary allocation MetSat (space-to-Earth) and possible primary allocation to the EESS (space-to-Earth) 460-470 MHz

to consider possible upgrading of the secondary allocation to the meteorological-satellite service (space-to-Earth) to primary status and a possible primary allocation to the Earth exploration-satellite service (space-to-Earth) in the frequency band 460‑470 MHz, in accordance with Resolution 766 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports in principle, an upgrade of the MetSat (space-to-Earth) service to primary status, and an additional primary allocation to the EESS (space-to-Earth) in the frequency band 460‑470 MHz, subject to sharing and compatibility studies with the fixed and mobile services in this band.

Agenda item 1.7 – Regulation and possible allocations below 1 GHz for telemetry, tracking and command for non-GSO short duration mission satellite services in the space operation service

to study the spectrum needs for telemetry, tracking and command in the space operation service for non-GSO satellites with short duration missions, to assess the suitability of existing allocations to the space operation service and, if necessary, to consider new allocations, in accordance with Resolution 659 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports ITU-R studies of possible spectrum requirements, and the suitability of current allocations below 1 GHz for the space operation service (SOS) for telemetry, tracking and command for non-GSO satellites with short duration missions (i.e. missions less than three years), taking into account No. 1.23.

Should current allocations below 1 GHz be found to not meet requirements, Australia would consider ITU-R studies of possible new allocations or an upgrade of the existing SOS allocations within the frequency ranges 150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz as identified in invites ITU-R 3 of Resolution 659 (WRC-15).

Any changes to the Radio Regulations will be dependent on satisfactory results of ITU-R sharing and compatibility studies and studies into possible mitigation techniques to protect incumbent services, both in-band as well as in adjacent bands.

CHAPTER 5 – MARITIME AERONAUTICAL AND AMATEUR SERVICES

Agenda item 1.1 - Allocation of 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1

to consider an allocation of the frequency band 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1, in accordance with Resolution 658 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

As this is an item specific to Region 1. Australia will monitor ITU-R studies.

Agenda item 1.8 - Possible regulatory actions to support GMDSS modernisation and additional satellite systems into the GMDSS to review the provisions relating to earth stations located on board vessels (ESVs), based on studies conducted in accordance with Resolution 359 (Rev.WRC‑15)

to consider possible regulatory actions to support Global Maritime Distress Safety Systems (GMDSS) modernization and to support the introduction of additional satellite systems into the GMDSS, in accordance with Resolution 359 (Rev.WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports the modernisation of the GMDSS and the introduction of additional satellite systems into the GMDSS, noting that under the resolves to invite ITU-R of Resolution 359 (Rev.WRC‑15) studies need to take into consideration the activities of IMO:

- as well as information and requirements provided by IMO, in order to determine the regulatory provisions to support GMDSS modernization, and

- the recognition of additional satellite systems for use in the GMDSS, including consideration of the mobile-satellite service (MSS) allocations used and the potential impact of possible modifications to the provisions of the Radio Regulations on sharing and compatibility with other services and systems in the frequency band and adjacent frequency bands.

The latter point will need to ensure the protection of radio astronomy in adjacent bands.            

Agenda item 1.9.1 - Regulatory actions for autonomous maritime radio devices to protect the GMDSS and automatic identifications system (AIS) in the band 156-162.05 MHz

to consider, based on the results of ITU‑R studies: regulatory actions within the frequency band 156-162.05 MHz for autonomous maritime radio devices to protect the GMDSS and automatic identifications system (AIS), in accordance with Resolution 362 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports protection of GMDSS and automatic identifications system (AIS) frequencies in the band 156‑162.05 MHz from transmissions by devices such as autonomous maritime radio devices.

Agenda item 1.9.2 - Appendix 18 new VHF data exchange system (VDES) satellite issues including possible new allocations to the MMSS

to consider, based on the results of ITU‑R studies:

modifications of the Radio Regulations, including new spectrum allocations to the maritime mobile-satellite service (Earth‑to‑space and space-to-Earth), preferably within the frequency bands 156.0125-157.4375 MHz and 160.6125-162.0375 MHz of Appendix 18, to enable a new VHF data exchange system (VDES) satellite component, while ensuring that this component will not degrade the current terrestrial VDES components, applications specific messages (ASM) and AIS operations and not impose any additional constraints on existing services in these and adjacent frequency bands as stated in recognizing d) and e) of Resolution 360 (Rev.WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports ITU-R studies to enable a new VHF data exchange system (VDES) satellite component consistent with Resolution 360 (Rev.WRC-15). The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is an active participant in the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) e-NAV Committee which is contributing to ITU-R WP 5B meetings with regards to studies for satellite VDES and agenda item 1.9.2.

Agenda item 1.10 - Spectrum and regulatory provisions Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS)

to consider spectrum needs and regulatory provisions for the introduction and use of the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS), in accordance with Resolution 426 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Monitor ICAO and ITU-R activities in regards to GADSS. Support consequential changes to Chapters VII and VIII of the Radio Regulations to ensure provisions are consistent with the GADSS Operational Concept.

CHAPTER 6 – GENERAL ISSUES

Agenda item 2 - Incorporation by reference

to examine the revised ITU‑R Recommendations incorporated by reference in the Radio Regulations communicated by the Radiocommunication Assembly, in accordance with Resolution 28 (Rev.WRC‑15), and to decide whether or not to update the corresponding references in the Radio Regulations, in accordance with the principles contained in Annex 1 to Resolution 27 (Rev.WRC‑12)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports examination and review of ITU-R Recommendations incorporated by reference and the corresponding references in the Radio Regulations in accordance with Resolution 28 (Rev.WRC‑15) and the principles contained in Annex 1 to Resolution 27 (Rev.WRC-12).

Agenda item 4 - Review of Resolutions and Recommendations

in accordance with Resolution 95 (Rev.WRC‑07), to review the Resolutions and Recommendations of previous conferences with a view to their possible revision, replacement or abrogation

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports WRC modification or suppression as appropriate of Resolutions and Recommendations contained in Volume 3 of the Radio Regulations and the work of the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau in conducting a general review of Resolutions and Recommendations of previous conferences.

Australia will support proposals that have the effect of maintaining relevancy of the Resolutions and Recommendations in Volume 3 of the Radio Regulations.

Agenda item 8 – Deletion of country footnotes

to consider and take appropriate action on requests from administrations to delete their country footnotes or to have their country name deleted from footnotes, if no longer required, taking into account Resolution 26 (Rev.WRC‑07)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia supports the principles and intent of Resolution 26 (Rev.WRC-07) regarding the application and use of footnotes to the Table of Frequency Allocations in Article 5 of the Radio Regulations.

Australia will review country and regional footnotes in the latest edition of the Radio Regulations relevant to Australia to determine their applicability.

Agenda item 9.1 Issue: 9.1.6 - Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) for electric vehicles

Issue 1) in the Annex to Resolution 958 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Monitor ITU-R studies.

Agenda item 9.1 Issue: 9.1.7 - Unauthorised operation of earth station terminals

Issue 2) in the Annex to Resolution 958 (WRC‑15)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia is of the view that earth station licensing and related issues are national matters and no changes to the Radio Regulations are necessary as Article 18 sufficiently addresses the required international regulatory measures. 

Agenda item 9.3 - on action in response to Resolution 80 (Rev.WRC-07)

on action in response to Resolution 80 (Rev.WRC-07)

Australian Preliminary View

Australia will monitor the outcomes of the Radio Regulations Board and Radiocommunication Bureau Director’s Report to WRC-19 on any developments on Resolution 80 (Rev.WRC-07).

Agenda item 10 - Future agenda items

to recommend to the Council items for inclusion in the agenda for the next WRC, and to give its views on the preliminary agenda for the subsequent conference and on possible agenda items for future conferences, in accordance with Article 7 of the Convention

Australian Preliminary View

In developing new WRC agenda items Australia supports the ‘Principles for establishing agendas for WRCs’ as detailed in Annex 1 to Resolution 804 (Rev.WRC-12).  

Last updated: 15 September 2017