Preparatory Group WRC-19 | ACMA

Preparatory Group WRC-19

The ACMA established the Preparatory Group for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (PG WRC-19) following the conclusion of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 2015 cycle. The Department of Communications and the Arts (DoCA) chairs the PG WRC and will also head the Australian delegation at the WRC-19 which is scheduled to be held 28 October–22 November 2019 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The key role of the PG WRC is to prepare for WRC-19 by developing Australia’s positions on the agenda items listed below.

Membership of the PG WRC includes representatives of peak industry bodies, government departments and chairs of the Australian Radiocommunications Study Groups (ARSGs). Members provide the perspective of their industry sector to represent a comprehensive overview of the Australian radiocommunications industry interest in WRC-19 agenda items. To apply for membership of the PG WRC, please email WRC@communications.gov.au and IRS@acma.gov.au setting out your expertise, interest, company position and affiliations.

The PG WRC meet approximately three times per year prior to key ITU and Asia Pacific WRC-focused meetings to develop Australia's positions on WRC-19 agenda items.

The table below lists the responsible ARSG for the agenda items of WRC-19.

Agenda item no.

Agenda item

ARSG 1

ARSG 3

ARSG 4

ARSG 5

ARSG 6

ARSG 7

1.1

Allocation of 50-54 MHz to the amateur service in Region 1

     

R

   

1.2

In-band power limits for Mobile Satellite Services (MSS), MetSat and Earth exploration-satellite service (EESS) earth stations 401-403 MHz and 399.9-400.05 MHz

         

R

1.3

Primary allocation MetSat (space-to-Earth) and possible primary allocation to the EESS (space-to-Earth) 460-470 MHz

         

R

1.4

Review limitations of Annex 7 to Appendix 30 (Rev.WRC-12)

   

R

     

1.5

Earth stations in motion (ESIMs) use of 17.7-19.7 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 27.5-29.5 GHz (Earth-to-space)

   

R

     

1.6

Regulatory framework for non- geo-stationary orbit (non-GSO) fixed-satellite service (FSS) satellite systems 37.5-39.5 GHz (space-to-Earth), 39.5-42.5 GHz (space-to-Earth), 47.2-50.2 GHz (Earth-to-space) and 50.4-51.4 GHz (Earth-to-space)

   

R

     

1.7

Regulation and possible allocations below 1 GHz for telemetry, tracking and command for non-GSO short duration mission satellite services in the space operation service

         

R

1.8

Possible regulatory actions to support the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) modernisation and additional satellite systems into the GMDSS

     

R

   

1.9.1

Regulatory actions for autonomous maritime radio devices to protect the GMDSS and automatic identifications system (AIS) in the band 156-162.05 MHz

     

R

   

1.9.2

Appendix 18 new VHF data exchange system (VDES) satellite issues including possible new allocations to the maritime mobile-satellite service (MMSS)

     

R

   

1.10

Spectrum and regulatory provisions Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS)

     

R

   

1.11

Regional spectrum harmonisation of railway radiocommunication systems in existing mobile service (MS) allocations

     

R

   

1.12

Harmonisation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in MS allocations

     

R

   

1.13

International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in various bands above 24.25 GHz

     

R (TG 1/5)

   

1.14

Regulatory actions for high altitude platform stations (HAPS) in certain existing Fixed Service (FS) allocations above 5 GHz

     

R

   

1.15

Land-mobile and FS applications 275-450 GHz

R

         

1.16

Wireless access services (WAS)/Radio Local Area Network (RLAN) between 5 150 MHz and 5 925 MHz

     

R

   

2

Incorporation by reference

           

4

Review of Resolutions and Recommendations Radio Regulations Vol 3

           

7

Satellite regulatory and procedural issues

   

R

     

8

Deletion of country footnotes

           

9.1

Report of the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau on the activities of the Radiocommunication Sector since WRC-15

           

9.1.1

Compatibility between terrestrial and satellite IMT in the bands 1 885-2 025 MHz and 2 110 -2 200 MHz

   

R

R

   

9.1.2

Compatibility of IMT and broadcasting-satellite service (BSS) (sound) in the band 1 452-1 492 MHz in Regions 1 and 3

   

R

R

   

9.1.3

Technical, operational and regulatory provisions for new non-GSO systems in the 3 700-4 200 MHz, 4 500-4 800 MHz, 5 925-6 425 MHz and 6 725-7 025 MHz FSS frequency bands

   

R

     

9.1.4

Spectrum, operational and technical requirements for stations on board sub-orbital vehicles above 100 kilometres

     

R

   

9.1.5

Referencing revised Recommendations ITU-R M.1638-1 and ITU-R M.1849-1 in Radio Regulations Nos. 5.447F and 5.450A

     

R

   

9.1.6

Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) for electric vehicles

R

         

9.1.7

Unauthorised operation of earth station terminals

R

         

9.1.8

Implementation of narrowband and broadband machine-type communication infrastructures

     

R

   

9.1.9

Regulatory and allocation issues FSS (Earth to space) 51.4-52.4 GHz

   

R

     

9.2

Difficulties or inconsistencies encountered in the application of the Radio Regulations

R

         

9.3

Action in response to Resolution 80

R

         

10

Future agenda items

           

Preparatory Group Terms of Reference and role

The PG WRC provides stakeholder views, advice and recommendations to DoCA and the ACMA on broad directions and specific priorities for Australia’s engagement in international radiocommunications regulatory, technical, operational and standards activities. It has a particular focus on agenda items listed for the next two WRCs. Advice from the PG WRC is based on input from members and takes into account relevant government policy.

The group also provides stakeholder views and comments on Australian positions and proposals for consideration by DoCA and the ACMA on matters to be considered at meetings of the WRC, APG, and CPM. The PG WRC also advises on harmonising positions and proposals across the Asia-Pacific region and with other regions.

The PG WRC seeks input as necessary from the Australian Preparatory Group for Radiocommunication Assemblies and the Radiocommunication Advisory Group (PG RA/RAG) and ARSGs and informs the PG RA/RAG and ARSGs of relevant developments.

Chair: Assistant Secretary, Spectrum and Security Branch, Department of Communications and the Arts

Membership: Members include DoCA, the ACMA, and representatives of industry, peak industry bodies, government agencies, academia, and Australian Radiocommunications Study Group chairs. 

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