The GSMA WRC series – getting ready for WRC-19

The World Radiocommunication Conference starts in

To keep up with demands for higher speeds and better coverage mobile operators need more spectrum. Whether they get it or not, is in part based on decisions made at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). An event the GSMA WRC Series helps you get ready for.

The conference takes place every three to four years. The next one, WRC-19, will take place from October 28 to November 22. What happens there will have an impact on important issues such as rural broadband and the future of 5G. It will, for example, make decisions regarding the identification of millimetre wave spectrum for mobile networks, as part of Agenda Item 1.13 (AI 1.13). The key bands are 26 GHz, 40 GHz and 66-71 GHz. It is also important the identifications come with optimal conditions. There is a risk at WRC-19 that unless this happens, use of the bands in 5G networks will be severely compromised.

Because the stakes are so high, it is important for everyone with an interest in the mobile industry to understand how the WRC process works.

To help, we are publishing the GSMA WRC Series, a family of collateral that covers areas such as spectrum for 5G, including the 3.5 GHz IMT range and Agenda Item 1.13 There is also an introductory guide to the whole process. Links to the reports can be found at the bottom of this page.

So why is WRC-19 important?

The WRC decides who gets to use what frequencies. The formal task is to review and update the international treaties or Radio Regulations that govern spectrum use. It also coordinates satellite orbits.

The WRC can be intimidating to outsiders. But connecting 5 billion people would not have been possible without it. The process has helped create economies of scale and make mobile services more affordable.

As always, getting involved is the best way to affect change. That is much better than standing on the sidelines, complaining when there is no coverage or the network isn’t fast enough.

Download the GSMA WRC Series reports here:

Relevant reports and position papers

IMT Spectrum Between 24.25 and 86 GHz

The Socio-Economic Benefits of mmWave 5G

Enabling IMT at WRC-19

Considerations for the 3.5 GHz IMT range

5G spectrum – 26 GHz and 28 GHz Infographic

An Introduction to the WRC process

L-band: The 1500 MHz IMT Range (Updated)

Fair FSS Sharing – Safeguarding mobile growth

600 MHz for mobile broadband

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