Call for input: UK preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23)

Published: 24 June 2022
Consultation closes: 6 October 2022
Status: Closed (pending statement)

The use of radio spectrum, and its role in today’s technology focused society, has never been so important. Most of us make direct use of spectrum in our everyday lives when we use mobile/smart phones, laptops, tablets and when we watch television (which may receive signals from transmitters on the ground or from satellites that orbit the earth). Outside these more familiar examples, radio spectrum is also used for many other purposes including for aviation, maritime and by the scientific community for the detection of emissions from space (radio astronomy) or from the earth itself.

To assist this international usage, frequency band harmonisation plays a pivotal role. The most important global spectrum harmonisation activity are World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs), of the International Telecommunication Union. These Conferences are held approximately every four years and take key decisions concerning the identification and international harmonisation of spectrum bands.

The next WRC will take place in late November, early December 2023 and Ofcom represents the UK at WRCs. As undertaken regularly for forthcoming WRCs, this document sets out the key issues that will be considered at this conference and explains why they matter to the UK.

The deadline for responses has been extended to 6 October 2022.


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