On Monday, reporters were offered a preview of the upcoming 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) by U.S. delegation chief Decker Anstrom, who voiced confidence that U.S. priorities, including allocations for mobile broadband services in UHF frequency bands used by broadcasters, will be well received by delegates from other nations. Delegates from 160 nations are expected to attend WRC-2015 which is scheduled to take place from November 2-27 in Geneva.
A top priority for the U.S. is Agenda Item 1.1, which proposes mobile broadband allocations in the UHF 470-698 MHz band—with the exception of the 608-614 MHz band in International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Region 2—while retaining primary allocations for broadcasting in the 470-890 MHz band. According to Anstrom, the U.S. submitted a proposal to the ITU on Monday calling for flexible usage of all or part of the lower UHF band. The proposal was signed by eight other nations located in North and South America and in the Pacific region. Voicing his belief that “momentum is building globally for using the lower UHF band for mobile services,” Anstrom said the U.S. hopes to win the support of additional nations, although some countries remain reluctant to endorse the proposal out of fear for its “implications for broadcasting.” Anstrom also confirmed U.S support for L-band mobile allocations in 1427-1518 MHz band and in the 3400-3700 MHz band within the Americas, noting that “flexibility is our mantra for this agenda item.”
Other agenda items of importance to the U.S. include (1) the establishment of a regulatory framework to allow existing satellite networks to be used for command and control of unmanned aircraft systems “beyond line of sight,” (2) the adoption of rules and procedures to govern global flight tracking, and (3) the development of fifth-generation wireless spectrum proposals and other potential agenda items for WRC-19. While admitting, “I’m not in the predictions market,” Anstrom told reporters, “we are optimistic about the direction that the world is moving on our priorities.”