21 Dec 2023

WRC Series: Outcomes and Closing remarks



Good day All

The ITU WRC-2023 concluded on 15 November 2023. It was a hugely interesting and very intensive conference with many key decisions being made only in the final days or last week of the conference following a complex negotiation process between the various governments and major regional bodies represented.  The ITU and various industry bodies have provided their overall perspectives on the WRC-2023 decisions. It seems the main goals of UK and CEPT at WRC-2023 were in some way or other either reasonably or partly achieved – with some exceptions. See following links for a snapshot of views so far expressed by some organisations:

The provisional Final Acts of WRC-2023 are now available (click here) for those (super) keen to understand the detailed outcomes of this WRC.

With regard to the WRC-2023 agenda items (AI) considered / discussed within the Spectrum Policy Forum (and in particular in various Cluster 4 meetings in past 2-3 years) – such AI 1.5, 1.2, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17, 1.8, AI 7 and AI 10 – it seems most UK stakeholders – though not all - in the terrestrial mobile, terrestrial broadcasting / PMSE, space services, satellite communications sectors are equally happy or equally unhappy with the outcome of WRC-2023.

We had a first post WRC-2023 Cluster 4 event on December 18, 2023 where circa 30 persons joined and participated in a discussion on WRC_2023 perspectives and outcomes.  There is clearly going to be a lot of work to be done at UK national and CEPT regional level to consider and put into effect in an appropriate way the decisions of WRC_2023 with regard to frequency allocations and regulatory provisions developed at an ITU level.  Similarly, there will be a lot of work to be done with regard to the agenda items identified for WRC-2027 (and WRC-2031).

We plan within SPF Cluster 4 to send out in early January 2024 a short questionnaire to members / participants to seek their views and inputs on which topics they would like to see considered for Cluster 4 workshops in 2024 and 2025 – including taking into account WRC-2023 outcomes.

Best wishes for the upcoming Holiday period and a Happy New Year for 2024 to all!

Kumar Singarajah
SPF Cluster 4 Chair

The outcomes from WRC-23 and prospectus for WRC-27 will be a key topic for the flagship UK SPF Future Spectrum Summit. Be part of the conversation and register here.

To find out more about our WRC 2023 Series, click here. If you would like to contribute, please reach out to [email protected].