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WRC-12 industry debrief

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) held an industry debrief on the outcomes of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12) on Monday 23 April 2012 at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

The WRC-12 was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 23 January to 17 February 2012 with over 3 000 participants, representing 165 of the ITU’s 193 member states, attending the four week conference and braving extreme winter conditions.

WRC-12 was chaired by Mr Tariq Al Awadhi of the United Arab Emirates, along with six vice-chairmen: Mr Decker Anstrom (United States), Mr Eric Fournier (France), Mr Albert Nalbandian (Armenia), Mr Mahiddine Ouhadj (Algeria), Mr Habeeb Al-Shankiti (Saudi Arabia) and Mr Alan Jamieson (New Zealand).

The ACMA led an Australian delegation of 41 representatives from government and industry at WRC-12 and managed a four year preparatory process leading up to the conference where Australia developed positions relevant to all WRC-12 agenda items.

The outcomes of WRC-12 are largely in line with Australia’s positions developed through the preparatory process with many of the outcomes due to take effect from 1 January 2013.

The industry debrief was attended by 70 people with representatives from the Australian delegation providing a comprehensive overview on the outcomes of all WRC-12 agenda items. A dominant feature of WRC-12 was the agenda for the next conference to be held in 2015 and the strong sentiment expressed by member states that the next WRC (WRC-15) not be delayed. WRC-15 will include numerous issues of significance, including agenda item 1.1 which will consider new candidate frequency bands for international mobile telecommunications (IMT) and mobile broadband applications. The industry debrief included a discussion on the new agenda items for WRC-15.

Follow the links in the table below to view presentations from the ACMA WRC-12 Industry Debrief.

Session One — Maritime and aeronautical issues

Agenda item 1.3—Unmanned aircraft systems

Bill McDonald, ASC

Agenda item 1.4—New aeronautical mobile (R) services in the bands 112–117.975, 960–1,164 and 5,000–5,030 MHz

Neil Meaney, ACMA  

Agenda item 1.9—Appendix 17—New digital technologies for the maritime mobile service

Peter Pokorny, AMSA

Agenda item 1.10—Allocation requirements of safety systems of ships and ports  

Peter Pokorny, AMSA

Session Two—Radiolocation and amateur issues

Agenda item 1.14—Radiolocation service in the range 30–300 MHz

Darrel Ninham, Defence

Agenda item 1.15—Oceanographic radars 3–50 MHz

Paul Hettrick, Bureau of Meteorology

Agenda item 1.21—Radiolocation service 15.4–15.7 GHz

Darrell Ninham, Defence

Agenda item 1.23—Amateur service secondary allocation

Dale Hughes, CSIRO

Session Three—Fixed, mobile and broadcasting issues

Agenda item 1.5—Electronic news gathering

Andrew King (obo Roger Bunch), Network Ten

Agenda item 1.8—Fixed services in bands between 71–238 GHz

Paul Hettrick, Bureau of Meteorology

Agenda item 1.17—Sharing between mobile service and other services in the band 790–862 MHz in Regions 1 and 3

Neil Meaney, ACMA

Agenda item 1.20—High altitude platform stations

Dick Butler, AsiaSpace

Agenda item 1.22—Protection of services from short-range radio devices

Neil Meaney, ACMA

Session Four—Science issues

Agenda item 1.6—Update passive services in the band 275–3,000 GHz

Carol Wilson, CSIRO

Agenda item 1.11—Space research service 22.55–23.15 GHz (Earth-to-space)

Richard Jacobsen,

Agenda item 1.12—Protection of primary services 37–38 GHz

Kevin Knights, CSIRO

Agenda item 1.16—Meteorological aids—below 20 kHz

Paul Hettrick, Bureau of Meteorology

Agenda item 1.24—Meteorological-satellite service in 7,750–7,900 MHz

Paul Hettrick, Bureau of Meteorology

Session Five—Satellite issues

Agenda item 1.7—Aeronautical mobile (R) services 1,525-1,559 MHz and 1,626.6-1,660.5 MHz

Tim Smallhorn, Defence

Agenda item 1.13—Broadcasting-satellite service and feeder links 21.4 –22 GHz

Geoff McMillen, ACMA

Agenda item 1.18—Global primary allocation to the radiodetermination satellite service in the band 2,483.5-2,500 MHz

Geoff McMillen, ACMA

Agenda item 1.25—Mobile-satellite service—additional allocations 4-16 GHz

Paul Burford, Defence

Agenda item 7—Satellite procedures

Paul Burford, Defence

Session Six—Future work program and other issues

Agenda item 1.2—Enhancing the international spectrum regulatory framework

Alex Seneta, ACMA

Agenda item 1.19—Software-defined radio and cognitive radio systems

Neil Meaney, ACMA

Agenda item 1.1—Country Footnotes  

Alex Seneta, ACMA

Agenda item 2—Incorporation by Reference

Alex Seneta, ACMA

Agenda item 4—Review of ITU-R Resolutions and Recommendations  

Alex Seneta, ACMA

Agenda item 8.1—Outcomes of the Report of the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau to WRC-12  

Neil Meaney, ACMA

Agenda item 8.2—Agenda for the next WRC  

Neil Meaney, ACMA

Joint Task Group 4-5-6-7—Domestic preparatory process  

Maureen Cahill, ACMA

Introduction of the new ACMA SharePoint facility for international radiocommunication preparatory work (1.3 mb)

Monika Pavlovic and Neil Meaney, ACMA

Closing comments

Maureen Cahill, ACMA

Last updated: 13 September 2016

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