The World Radiocommunication Conference has begun today in Geneva, Switzerland, and will run for a mammoth four weeks.

2 November 2015

The conference considers such matters as communication satellite orbits, the global management of the radio-frequency spectrum and other issues that allow people to live and travel safely and enjoy high performance radiocommunications.

The Conference also considers the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations. The Radio Regulations are the international treaty that governs the use of the radiofrequency spectrum across the world.

Such international gatherings do not happen without diligent organisation and coordination. For Australia’s attendance alone, preparation for WRC-15 has spanned three years with input from an array of government and industry bodies, reflecting the integration of radiocommunications and spectrum issues into all sectors of the economy and government.

Over 3000 international delegates will attend the conference representing 193 member states of the ITU and a range of private-sector organisations. While most of the agenda items are highly technical with a focus on spectrum engineering, many have important real-world applications such as making additional spectrum available for mobile broadband services, improving satellite tracking of passenger aircraft, and providing a regulatory framework for the remote control of unmanned aircraft systems (commonly known as drones).

Full details of the agenda are available on the World Radiocommunication Conference website or on Twitter follow @ITU or #WRC15 for updates.