The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) commenced in Dubai on 20 November 2023 to address the pressing matters concerning frequency allocations, which are pivotal for advancing the global satellite communication industry. At WRC-23, organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications is participating as a member of the Radiocommunication Sector. The Organization's primary focus is on fostering the seamless advancement of satellite technologies globally, recognising their pivotal role in bridging the digital divide and realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The ITU convenes the World Radiocommunication Conference every three to four years to update international frequency regulations and align them with the evolving landscape of the communication industry. Emerging services and ICT systems demand new frequency assignments, while incumbent systems require protection from interference. All changes in the use of frequency bands are incorporated into the Radio Regulations, the underlying document for the utilisation of all frequency bands worldwide.
At WRC-23, discussions will revolve around issues of paramount importance for the entire satellite communication industry, including Intersputnik, which represents the interests of its member states. Specifically, the issue of safeguarding the satellite C-band, which is being considered for reallocation in support of terrestrial mobile networks, is of great significance. This spectrum is highly attractive for the deployment of 5G networks within it. In some countries, a portion of the satellite C-band has already been allocated to terrestrial mobile operators. For many satellite operators, it is essential to prevent the inclusion of this initiative in the Radio Regulations. This is especially important for countries located in the tropical areas, where only the C-band allows the implementation of satellite communication channels that are resistant to local climate conditions.
As a member of the Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) at World Radiocommunication Conferences, Intersputnik has full access to all WRC proceedings, and the right to submit its proposals and recommendations for discussion. As a member of ITU-R and the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D), the Organization also actively participates in ITU seminars and working group meetings, tracking all initiatives related to frequency regulation and ensuring communication availability worldwide.
Intersputnik acknowledges the significant role of satellite technologies in advancing modern information and communication services worldwide. Working closely with the Telecommunication Administrations of its Member States, partners, regional and international associations of satellite operators, Intersputnik intends to make every effort to ensure that the outcomes of WRC-23 actively support the ongoing advancement of the satellite industry. This includes its seamless integration with 5G networks following NTN standards, as well as the availability of ample resources to tackle global challenges like expanding connectivity to underserved areas and bridging the digital divide. WRC-23 is expected to be another significant milestone in the development of the information and communication ecosystem, based on the principles of universal, equitable, and open collaboration. As a result, all this will enhance the quality of life for all of humanity.