World Radio Conference Wrap

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The World Radiocommunication Conference will wrap up Friday, after gathering for nearly a month in Geneva (photos).

Mobile Wi-Max is now an IMT2000 standard, reports the WiMax Forum, which enhance equal opportunities for global deployment, especially within the 2.5-2.69 GHz band. DailyWireless has more on the ITU decision.

An agreement on how to divide the world’s radio frequencies among satellite operators, mobile phone companies and broadcasters is close, reports C/Net.

A decision at WRC-07 would enable deployment within the 2015–2020 timeframe. The United States has been pushing for more broadband spectrum for mobile technologies, while resisting any loss in the frequencies accessed by the military.

Frequencies now used for UHF (analog) television are the best bet, delegates generally agree, since digital conversion frees up additional channel space, reports Reuters.

“The details are being finalized,” said one participant to the Geneva talks, which have involved 2,600 people including corporate representatives from AT&T, Boeing, Nortel, Sharp, Intel and Qualcomm.

ABI Research says the 700MHz band is a part of the UHF band (470 – 862MHz) which is being opened in several regions across the globe including Europe in 2010 and in Korea in 2012 as television moves from analog to digital. British regulator OFCOM also plans an auction for the UHF frequency, called the “Digital Dividend.” Regulators are leaning towards spectrum neutrality, which would let the market determine the ideal use of the spectrum. WiMAX and mobile broadcast TV using technologies such as DVB-H are prime candidates.

“Since this set of frequency bands would be designated worldwide, this would also enable manufacturers to produce equipment in large quantities to be distributed internationally with attractive prices,” he said in a statement to delegates.

The European Commission has proposes a single European Telecoms Market for 500 million consumers. “From today onwards, a single market without borders for Europe’s telecommunications operators and consumers is no longer only a dream,” European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said in a statement presenting the proposals.

A new European Telecom Market Authority would support the Commission and national telecoms regulators would ensure that market rules and consumer regulation are applied consistently and without protectionism in all 27 EU Member States. To become law, the Commission proposals will now need to be approved by the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers.

Some 30 items relating to terrestrial and space radio services and applications were on the conference agenda, ranging from digital broadcasting to satellites for meteorology to the better prediction and detection of natural disasters.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 at 11:22 am .

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