Preparations intensify ahead of WRC-23

UK regulator Ofcom, the European Commission, and the EU’s spectrum advisory group RSPG have all launched consultations on their positions for the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23).

The WRC-23 will be held in Dubai from 20 November to 15 December 2023, where the Radio Regulations, a treaty-level document, will be amended.

As Ofcom prepares for the conference, they are inviting views to develop the UK’s position on potential updates to the Radio Regulations. Ofcom represents the UK at WRCs, and has published a Call for Input, which highlights the key issues to be discussed at WRC-23 and explains why they matter to the UK.

Inputs are sought in the following areas among others:

  • The use of the 6 GHz band for future services

  • The future use of the 470-694 MHz

  • Inter-satellite links

  • additional satellite allocations in support of narrowband IoT “M2M”

  • Regulatory conditions for HIBS

  • New spectrum allocation in the 40-50 MHz range to support and enhance climate monitoring spectrum allocation in the 40-50 MHz range to support and enhance climate monitoring

The Call for Input closes on 29 September 2022.

European consultations

The European Commission is also seeking feedback regarding a common EU position to be negotiated by Member States on behalf of the EU at the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference 2023.

The Commission does not have voting rights at WRCs per se, although spectrum policy is a shared competence between the EU and EU Member States. For such reasons, a Council Decision will be taken based on a Commission proposal for a common EU position regarding spectrum issues which fall into EU competence.

Some of the these include the Copernicus program, or the future use of the 6 GHz band.

Simultaneously, the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) is also consulting in its recently published Interinc Opinion on WRC-23. 

Sophie James

Sophie James

Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy, techUK

Sophie James is Head of Programme for Communications Infrastructure and Services at techUK, and oversees the UK Spectrum Policy Forum.

Sophie was promoted to Head having been Programme Manager for Communications Infrastructure and Services, leading techUK's telecoms activities, engagement and policy development. Previously, Sophie was Programme Assistant across a variety of areas including the Broadband Stakeholder Group, Central Government, Financial Services and Communications Infrastructure programmes.

Prior to joining techUK, Sophie completed a masters in Film Studies at University College London; her dissertation examined US telecoms policy relating to net neutrality and content distribution.

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Manuel R. Marti

Manuel R. Marti

Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, techUK

Manuel joined techUK in February 2022, where he is now Programme Manager for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and Satellite.

A journalist by training, he has written extensively about spectrum since 2018 for PolicyTracker. Manuel has a MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. In his spare time he is currently trying to set up a supperclub.

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Julia Ofori-Addo

Programme Assistant, Central Government, Digital Connectivity Forum, Comms Infrastructure, UK SPF, , techUK

Julia Ofori-Addo supports the Digital Connectivity Forum and a range of techUK Market Programmes such as; Central Government, Communications Infrastructure and Services and the UK Spectrum Policy Forum with the secretariat and event support, research and communication.

Julia is a bilingual – German and English native. Prior to joining techUK, Julia worked as an IT Team Administrator at Interxion Ltd (data center) supporting and coordinating teams with the Incident Management Protocols (IMP), auditing and reporting procedures and processes and assisting senior management with various secretarial/administrative duties. She has exceptional experience in handling and updating in-house database systems and a proven track record of demonstrating strong interpersonal skills.

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