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Australian Preliminary Views—WRC-19 agenda items

As at 23 April 2018

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 12 December 2017. The Preliminary Views will be progressively revised at future ACMA PG WRC-19 meetings.

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

Noting this is a Region 1 issue; any changes made to the Radio Regulations under WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.1 shall not adversely impact incumbent services in the 50–54 MHz frequency band and adjacent frequency bands in Australia.

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

This agenda item is to ensure the operation of existing and future systems that usually implement low or moderate output powers for the mobile-satellite service (MSS), meteorological-satellite service (MetSat) and Earth exploration-satellite service (EESS) in the frequency bands 401-403 MHz and 399.9-400.05 MHz.

Australia supports the establishment of in-band power limits as described in preliminary draft new Report ITU-R SA.[400 MHz-LIMITS] for MSS, MetSat and EESS earth stations operating in the 401-403 MHz and 399.9-400.05 MHz bands (Earth-to-space). Appropriate e.i.r.p. limits (yet to be finalised) can be applied by adding a new footnote in the bands 399.9-400.05 MHz and 401-403 MHz in the Table of Frequency Allocations in RR Article 5. Furthermore, specific transitional measures are to be agreed to accommodate, on a limited timeframe, operations of existing TT&C systems.

This is consistent with Method A (the only Method) of the draft CPM Report text (Document 7B/238 Annex 1).

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 consideration of the upgrading of the secondary MetSat (space-to-Earth) allocation to primary, and adding a primary EESS (space-to-Earth) allocation in the frequency band 460-470 MHz, while providing protection and not imposing any additional constraints on existing primary services to which the frequency band is already allocated and in the adjacent frequency bands and maintaining the conditions contained in No. 5.289, subject to appropriate ITU-R sharing and compatibility studies.

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 considering revision of some limitations of Annex 7 of Radio Regulations Appendix 30, where such revisions are supported by conclusive ITU-R studies including studies related to compatibility of Australia’s current and future FSS/BSS usage in the 11.7-12.75 GHz frequency band.

Australia does not have a view on the relaxation of orbital restrictions where Australia will not be visible.

Agenda item 1.5 - ESIM  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 development of appropriate technical and operational requirements for earth stations in motion (ESIM) that operate or plan to operate in the frequency bands 17.7-19.7 GHz and 27.5-29.5 GHz, taking into account studies under Resolution 158 (WRC-15) while ensuring protection of, and not imposing undue constraints on, services already allocated in the frequency bands.

ITU-R Working Party 4A is developing a draft example WRC Resolution as a means to address the agenda item. A similar approach was used at WRC-15 in the FSS 29.5-30 GHz and 19.7-20.2 GHz frequency bands included in Resolution 156 (WRC-15).

Australia supports the approach of a new WRC Resolution to address the agenda item noting the protection requirements stated above and included in Resolution 158 (WRC-15). Also noting that the new WRC Resolution is an element of the current working document towards draft CPM text for WRC-19 agenda item 1.5 (Document 4A/675 Annex 29). Australia is actively engaged in further developing this Resolution.

Australia supports Method B of the draft CPM text (Document 4A/675 Annex 29) subject to the conditions mentioned above.

Australia supports the APT Preliminary View of WRC-19 agenda item 1.5 from the APG19-3 meeting.

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 establishment of regulatory and procedural conditions to accommodate non-GSO FSS satellite systems 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). This is subject to protection to GSO satellite networks in FSS, MSS and BSS, and also to stations of other existing services in the same and adjacent frequency bands.

Furthermore, studies are needed to ensure protection of:

  1. the EESS (passive) in the frequency bands 36-37 GHz and 50.2-50.4 GHz from non-GSO FSS transmission, including study of aggregate FSS interference effects from networks and systems operating or planned to operate in the range 37.5-51.4 GHz possibly through a revision of Resolution 750 (Rev.WRC-15), and
  2. the radio astronomy frequency bands 42.5-43.5 GHz, 48.94-49.04 GHz and 51.4-54.25 GHz from non-GSO FSS transmissions, including study of aggregate FSS interference effects from networks and systems operating or planned to operate in the range 37.5‑51.4 GHz.

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 consideration 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 based on the outcome of studies in accordance with Resolution 659 (WRC-15).

Should current allocations below 1 GHz be found to not meet requirements, Australia would consider ITU-R studies of possible new allocations or based on the results of sharing or compatibility studies, 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.

Agenda item 1.8 - Possible regulatory actions to support GMDSS modernisation and additional satellite systems into the GMDSS.

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 development of possible regulatory requirements to facilitate ‘modernisation’ of Global Maritime Distress Safety Systems (GMDSS) in accordance with Resolution 359 (Rev.WRC-15) while ensuring compatibility and sharing with other services in the frequency bands and adjacent frequency bands.

For Issue A Australia supports further studies to determine the requirements for the introduction of NAVDAT in the MF and HF bands.

For Issue B any modifications to the Radio Regulations to provide for additional satellite systems for GMDSS should not have any impact on the existing services within the frequency band and the adjacent bands under consideration of this agenda item.

Australia supports the APT Preliminary View on this agenda item from the APG19-3 meeting.

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 consideration of possible spectrum needs and the development of appropriate technical and operational characteristics of autonomous maritime radio devices (AMRDs) operating in the frequency band 156-162.05 MHz; while noting sharing and compatibility studies in the band should ensure that no undue constraints are placed on the GMDSS and AIS in accordance with Resolution 362 (WRC-15).

Australia supports a definition of AMRDs to be developed in an ITU-R Recommendation.

Australia supports the APT Preliminary View from the APG19-3 meeting.

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 facilitating the introduction of a new VHF data exchange system (VDES) satellite component consistent with Resolution 360 (Rev.WRC-15).

Any new allocation for the satellite component of VDES should coexist and be compatible with the systems in the radiocommunication services allocated in the same and adjacent frequency bands without imposing any additional constraints on those services.   

Australia supports the APT Preliminary View on this agenda item from the APG19-3 meeting.

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

Australia supports current ITU-R studies in Working Party 5B for the introduction and use of Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) in accordance with Resolution 426 (WRC-15). These studies should take into account specialist advice from ICAO relevant to the GADSS concept.

Australia supports no change to Article 5 of the Radio Regulations as no additional spectrum is needed for the implementation of GADSS.

Australia considers that possible modification of Radio Regulations other than Article 5 may be required to facilitate GADSS.

Australia supports the APT Preliminary View from the APG19-3 meeting. 

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 potential harmonisation of frequency bands in existing land mobile service allocations for railway radiocommunication systems between train and trackside (RSTT) in accordance with Resolution 236 (WRC-15).

Australia is of the view that no change to the Radio Regulations is required under this agenda item and supports development of a new ITU-R Recommendation [RSTT_FREQ] through Study Group 5 listing relevant global and regional harmonised frequency ranges for use by future train and trackside systems (supporting train operations only) for consideration by administrations (Method A of the draft CPM Report text).

Australia encourages further ITU-R studies on technical and operational characteristics for RSTT to be accommodated through ITU-R Recommendations and Reports. A new WRC Resolution that explicitly list the global and regional harmonised frequency ranges for use by future train and trackside systems is not supported, as harmonisation of radiocommunication applications should not be a mandatory requirement via the Radio Regulations.

Australia is also of the view that current and future ITU-R studies on RSTT should not be restricted to, or preclude, any particular relevant technology or delivery model.

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 possible harmonisation of frequency bands in existing mobile service allocations for the implementation of evolving Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). 

Consistent with Method A of the draft CPM Report text (Document 5A/650 Annex 08) Australia supports no change to the Radio Regulations to satisfy this agenda item, and no new WRC Resolution. Spectrum harmonisation is best achieved by development of ITU-R Recommendations and supported by relevant new and/or revised ITU-R Reports. 

Furthermore, 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 1.13 - 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 sharing and compatibility studies of all frequency bands identified in resolves to invite ITU-R 2 of 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.

Based on current studies, Australia believes that some or all of the 24.25-27.5 GHz frequency band is likely to be a suitable candidate for an IMT identification. Australia will monitor ongoing studies on this band and will revise its opinion on this band as necessary.

Australia is also considering the possibility of an IMT identification in some or all of the 37-43.5 GHz and 66-71 GHz frequency bands.

Australia supports the APT Preliminary View on WRC-19 agenda item 1.13 from the APG19-3 meeting.

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

ITU-R studies for developing regulatory actions for high-altitude platform stations (HAPS), should consider suitability of using the existing identifications in RR Table of Frequency Allocations taking into account the regulatory provisions, such as geographical and technical restrictions associated with existing HAPS identifications.

Australia supports the suppression of identifications, should studies conclude existing HAPS Radio Regulations identifications are not in use and existing footnotes and associated Resolutions are not suitable, or modifications are not appropriate and where the use of an identification is not technically feasible for HAPS.

Otherwise, Australia supports consideration of use of gateway and fixed terminal links for HAPS, in the following frequency bands already allocated to the fixed service on a primary basis, not subject to Appendices 30, 30A, and 30B in any region:

- on a global level: 38-39.5 GHz, and
- on a regional level: in Region 2, 21.4-22 GHz and 24.25-27.5 GHz.

Acceptance of an identification for HAPS in the above bands is subject to ITU-R sharing and compatibility studies ensuring protection and no additional constraints on existing services allocated in the frequency ranges identified and, as appropriate, adjacent bands, taking into account studies already performed in ITU-R.

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 a possible 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.

Australia presently supports the single Method identified in the draft CPM Report text for this agenda item. That is, identify frequency bands that are compatible with both EESS (passive) and RAS with respect to the land-mobile and fixed services applications by a new footnote in the Radio Regulations.

Preliminary studies show compatibility between EESS (passive) and RAS in all bands in the range 275-450 GHz except [296-306 GHz, 313-320 GHz and 331-356 GHz]. The remaining spectrum can be identified for land-mobile and fixed services applications subject to results of further studies supporting compatibility.

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 Method A, no change, in the frequency bands 5 250-5 350 MHz, 5 350-5 470 MHz, 5 725-5 850 MHz and 5 850-5 925 MHz. Sharing and compatibility studies have shown that no regulatory actions are required in these frequency ranges.

Australia can support Method A, no change, in the frequency range 5 150-5 250 MHz unless sharing and compatibility studies conclude that relaxation of regulatory conditions of Resolution 229 (Rev.WRC-12) in the frequency range 5 150-5 250 MHz to accommodate WAS/RLANS continues to ensure protection of incumbent services in accordance with invites ITU-R b) of Resolution 239 (WRC‑15).

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), noting that Recommendation ITU-R M.1638-0 incorporated by reference in RR Nos. 5.447F and 5.450A is a consideration under WRC-19 agenda item 9.1 Issue 9.1.5.

Australia also supports the merging of Resolutions 27 (Rev.WRC-12) and 28 (Rev.WRC-15) in order to have a single Resolution that refers to incorporation by reference in the Radio Regulations consistent with the APT Preliminary View from the APG19-3 meeting.

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.

Australia supports the APT Preliminary View on this agenda item from the APG19-3 meeting.

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/systems on the basis that activity under this agenda item is not used to make changes to allocations in Article 5 of the Radio Regulations. On specific WRC-19 agenda item 7 Issues, Australia has the following views:

Issue A: Australia supports the course of action of ITU-R Working Party 4A to separate the studies of BIU of frequency assignments to non-GSO satellite systems in all bands and services and milestone‑based deployment approach for non-GSO satellite systems in specific bands and services. However, any changes should not disadvantage existing and future GSO satellite networks and smaller non‑GSO constellations.

Issue B: Australia supports development of coordination triggers between services in the Ka-band. Noting that any procedures should not compromise the protection of a primary service from a secondary service. Australia provisionally supports Method B of the draft CPM Report text noting that studies are not concluded in the responsible and contributing groups on this Issue.*

Issues C1, C2, C3, C4, C6, C7: Australia supports efforts to resolve inconsistencies in regulatory provisions, clarify certain existing practices, or increase transparency in the regulatory process. Australia supports the single Method of the draft CPM Report text for these Issues.*

Issue C5: Australia supports the single Method of the draft CPM Report text* for this issue. i.e. a reminder to notifying administrations prior to the six month deadline for RR 11.46 resubmission being sent by the BR.

Issue D: Australia could support Methods D2 or D3, taking into consideration that this may produce additional administrative burden.
(Provisionally suspended) Issue E^: Australia supports No Change on Issue E unless studies can identify that any modification to Appendix 30B is based on the practical difficulties of applying Appendix 30B encountered by the BR and administrations.
(Provisionally suspended) Issue F^: Australia does not support special treatment when converting an allotment into an assignment. In order for Australia to support change, studies would need to clearly illustrate the problem, and the proposed regulatory solution(s) would need to be simply applied.

Issue G: Australia is yet to form a view on this Issue.

Issue H: Australia supports determining adequate representation of non‑GSO Appendix 4 data elements for systems not subject to coordination.

Issue I: Australia supports determining adequate representation of Appendix 4 data elements for multiple plane orbits.

Issue J: Australia is yet to form a view on this Issue.

Issue K: Australia supports Method A of the draft CPM Report text* subject to the benefits being demonstrated of this approach.

Issue L: Australia supports determining adequate representation of Appendix 4 data elements for the revision of ITU-R Recommendation S.1503.

Issue M^: Australia is yet to form a view on this Issue while noting views on Issues E and F above.

Issue N: Australia is yet to form a view on this Issue.

Australia is further of the view that no new WRC-19 agenda item 7 Issues should be raised after the February/March 2018 meeting of WP 4A so as to enable due consideration of Issues by administrations in preparation for WRC-19.
* refers draft CPM Report text from the March 2018 meeting of WP 4A Document 4A/675 and relevant Annexes
^ At the February/March meeting of Working Party 4A it was concluded that to resolve difficulties raised in Issues E and F a possible new WRC Resolution might be appropriate. Consequently, Issues E and F were provisionally suspended with the intention to address them in new Issue M.

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) and standing agenda item 8 for administrations to remove their country names associated with specific footnotes of the Table of Frequency Allocations in Article 5 of the Radio Regulations when no longer required.

Australia does not support the adding of country names to existing footnotes of Table of Frequency Allocations in Article 5 of the Radio Regulations under this agenda item. Resolution 26 (Rev.WRC-07) clearly defines the process whereby a new footnote or modification of an existing footnote (such as to add a country name) may be considered by a world radiocommunication conference. Administrations are encouraged to follow this process at a world radiocommunication conference as necessary should they wish to modify a footnote to include their country name.

Australia has reviewed the latest edition of the Radio Regulations and presently intends to retain Australia’s name where it has been included in footnotes at previous conferences.

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 development of appropriate 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 in accordance with Resolution 212 (Rev.WRC-15).

Australia is of the view that any outcome of this Issue should not result in any changes to the Radio Regulations. Australia is further of the view that this Issue may be addressed by appropriate technical and operational measures in new or revised ITU-R Recommendations or Reports.

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).        

Australia supports the APT Preliminary view on this Issue from APG19-3.

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 notes that 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 are indicating a conclusion supporting No Change to the Radio Regulations.

The latest draft CPM Report text Conclusion (Document 4A/675 Annex 50, 8 March, 2018) states:

One study indicates that circular-orbit non-GSO FSS operations in the 6/4 GHz band could result in large exceedances of the GSO protection criteria and conclude that it would be very difficult to operate a non-GSO circular-orbit system for the purposes of a global broadband network in the 6/4 GHz frequency bands. Therefore, there is no need to review the values of the existing limits presented in Article 22 epfd and Article 21 pfd of the Radio Regulations for the 3 700 4 200 MHz, 4 500-4 800 MHz, 5 925-6 425 MHz, and 6 725-7 025 MHz frequency bands.*

* Studies as described in Resolution 157 (WRC-15).

Taking the above into consideration, and noting the APT Preliminary View on this agenda item from the recent APG19-3 meeting, subject to outcomes of any new studies, Australia is of the view that No Change to the Radio Regulations is an appropriate conclusion to be recommended to the Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau for inclusion in his report to WRC-19 on this Issue.

Agenda item 9.1 Issue 9.1.4 – stations onboard suborbital vehicles above 100 kilometres

Australia does not have a view on 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

WRC-19 agenda item 9.1 Issue 9.1.5 is considering the technical and regulatory impacts on the services referred to in RR Nos. 5.447F and 5.450A that would result from referencing Recommendation ITU-R M.1638-1 in place of version M.1638-0 in those footnotes and to the possibility of adding a new reference to Recommendation ITU-R M.1849-1 to the footnotes. Any outcome from this Issue needs to ensure the protection of the services to which the band is allocated including those which are referenced in the footnotes without any additional constraints to the services.

As studies are still ongoing in ITU-R Working Party 5A Australia will take into consideration any further outcomes with a view to support a possible conclusion to address this Issue.

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

Australia supports the studies being carried out by ITU-R in accordance with Resolution 958 (WRC‑15) to assess the impacts of WPT for electric vehicles on radiocommunication services, to study suitable harmonised frequency ranges.

Australia is of the view that all radiocommunication services must be adequately protected from harmful interference that may be generated by WPT systems, both at the fundamental frequency and from spurious and out-of-band emissions.

Australia supports the APT Preliminary View on this Issue from the APG19-3 meeting.

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

For Issue 2a in the Annex to Resolution 958 (WRC-15) Australia is of the view that earth station licensing is the responsibility of administrations and no changes to the Radio Regulations are necessary as Article 18 sufficiently addresses the required regulatory measures. This is consistent with Option 1 for Issue 2a in the draft CPM Report text (Document 1B/237 Annex 6).

For Issue 2b in the Annex to Resolution 958 (WRC-15) Australia is of the view that further assistance to administrations in managing (identifying and geo-locating) unauthorized operation of earth station terminals deployed within their territory, can be accommodated in the scope of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) in guidelines on satellite monitoring capabilities, and ITU-R Reports or Handbooks as appropriate. This is consistent with the singular Option for Issue 2b in the draft CPM Report text (Document 1B/237 Annex 6).

Accordingly number 2) of the Annex to Resolution 958 (WRC-15) can be suppressed.

Australia supports the APT Preliminary View on this agenda item from the APG19-3 meeting.

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 the development of appropriate ITU-R Recommendations, Reports and/or Handbooks on technical and operational aspects of using different radio networks and systems for the implementation of narrowband and broadband machine-type communication infrastructures.

However, Australia is of the view that it is unnecessary to identify spectrum for machine-type communication infrastructures and no changes are required in the Radio Regulations as an outcome of this Issue. This is consistent with the current draft CPM report conclusion (Document 5D/758 Chapter 3 - Attachment 3.11)

Any future study can be accommodated in the scope of work of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R).

Accordingly number 3) of the Annex to Resolution 958 (WRC-15) can be suppressed.

Australia supports the APT Preliminary View from the APG19-3 meeting.

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 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).

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

Australian Preliminary View

Australia will monitor progress on this agenda item including development of reports to WRC-19 on action in response to Resolution 80 (Rev.WRC-07) from:
- the Radio Regulations Board, and
- the Radiocommunication Bureau Director’s Report to WRC-19,

as well as any activity from ITU-R Working Party 4A, the Radiocommunication Advisory Group relevant to 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).     
Australia also supports activity in the APT Conference Preparatory Group for WRC-19 (APG19) to develop Asia-Pacific regional consideration of potential new WRC agenda items for the next conference at its earliest opportunity.

Last updated: 07 February 2014