The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12) agreed on:
1. WRC-15 Agenda Item 1.1:” to consider additional spectrum allocations to the mobile service on a primary basis and identification of additional frequency bands for IMT and related regulatory provisions, to facilitate the development of terrestrial mobile broadband applications, in accordance with Resolution 233 (WRC 12);”
2. WRC-15 Agenda Item 1.2: ”to examine the results of ITU-R studies, in accordance with Resolution 232 (WRC-12), on the use of the frequency band 694-790 MHz by the mobile, except aeronautical mobile, service in Region 1 and take the appropriate measures; ”
3. WRC-15 Agenda Item 10: “to recommend to the Council items for inclusion in the agenda for the next WRC, and to give its views on the preliminary agenda for the subsequent conference and on possible agenda items for future conferences, in accordance with Article 7 of the Convention.”
CPM15-1 then decided to establish Joint Task Group (JTG) 4-5-6-7 in charge of the preparation of WRC 15 Agenda items 1.1 and 1.2. The terms of reference (ToR) of JTG 4-5-6-7 define the tasks it shall undertake and the way it shall co-ordinate its work with ITU-R Working Parties. The ToR call for WP 5D to provide
“the spectrum requirements for the mobile service, including suitable frequency ranges, and other specific requirements as well as results of studies from any concerned Working Parties on technical and operational characteristics, spectrum requirements and performance objectives or protection requirements of other services;” (Decides 3) and for Working Parties 5A and 5D to provide spectrum requirements (Further Decides 4).
DIGITALEUROPE hopes that this position paper will assist administrations in finalising a European position on WRC-15 Agenda Items 1.1, 1.2 and 10. This would enable Europe to take a leadership position to drive the spectrum harmonization process as early as possible within the ITU-R.