doc.: IEEE Submission Sept 2008 Michael Lynch, Nortel Networks The ITU-R Overview The ITU is a special agency of the United Nations which deals with international telecommunications matters. The ITU-R is the sector of the ITU responsible for addressing radiocommunications matters, issuing recommendations, and making regulations. All decisions made in the ITU-R are made by agreement of Member States (MS), which acting together hold the final authority.
doc.: IEEE Submission Sept 2008 Michael Lynch, Nortel Networks The ITU-R mission… The ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) plays a vital role in the global management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits - limited natural resources which are increasingly in demand from a large and growing number of services such as fixed, mobile, broadcasting, amateur, space research, emergency telecommunications, meteorology, global positioning systems, environmental monitoring and communication services - that ensure safety of life on land, at sea and in the skies. Our primary objective is to ensure interference free operations of radiocommunication systems. This is ensured through implementation of the Radio Regulations and Regional Agreements, and the efficient and timely update of these instruments through the processes of the World and Regional Radiocommununication Conferences. Furthermore, radio standardization establishes ´Recommendations´ intended to assure the necessary performance and quality in operating radiocommunication systems. It also seeks ways and means to conserve spectrum and ensure flexibility for future expansion and new technological developments.
doc.: IEEE Submission Sept 2008 Michael Lynch, Nortel Networks The ITU-R Regulatory Process The intent of this presentation is to explain the ITU-R regulatory process Spectrum identified for IMT has been selected as an example but this applies to other applications that have specific spectrum identified in the Radio Regulations (RR)
doc.: IEEE Submission Sept 2008 Michael Lynch, Nortel Networks In the beginning… At WARC-92, WRC-00 and WRC-07 Member States (MS) identified spectrum for a new concept in mobile technology –FPLMTS, now called IMT-2000, has progressed to IMT-Advanced. –Some MS wanted an allocation – others identification Both relate to regulating spectrum –The identification had support from Sector Members (SM) and the private sector – but was a MS decision –IEEE SA is a Sector Member
doc.: IEEE Submission Sept 2008 Michael Lynch, Nortel Networks Then… Concurrent with having identified spectrum for what is now IMT, the MS began a process to identify radio air interface requirements for systems that would use the spectrum for IMT applications –The system requirements have been developed over a 20+ year period in the ITU-R IMT group MS approve Recommendations and reports Work, technical or regulatory, is done by experts from MS, SM and the private sector – their end documents are studied and agreed by MS
doc.: IEEE Submission Sept 2008 Michael Lynch, Nortel Networks The next step… Having developed the requirements the MS set about the technology selection process –Radio air interfaces were required to meet the system requirements –The judgment that they met the requirements, and inclusion in an ITU-R Recommendation, was an action of the MS –SM and private sector experts participated in the work – the final approval decisions were made by the MS
doc.: IEEE Submission Sept 2008 Michael Lynch, Nortel Networks MS expectations… The end goal of the MS in identifying and regulating spectrum and radio air interface technologies for IMT is to improve their economies and the well being of their citizens –That goal is a MS sovereign right and obligation –SM and the private sector also benefited
doc.: IEEE Submission Sept 2008 Michael Lynch, Nortel Networks So today….. The current process is focused on identifying new technologies for IMT –It is simply a continuation of the process the MS sanctioned and approved when work on FPLMTS began –The inclusion of any technology into M.1457 carries with it the acceptance of the MS that the technology meets the goals for which the spectrum was identified
doc.: IEEE Submission Sept 2008 Michael Lynch, Nortel Networks The result is… This is all regulatory in nature since the goal of the MS is that the identified spectrum, a resource of each sovereign MS, is used to the best advantage of that State. –It started with FPLMTS, we are now at IMT-Advanced – nothing has changed in the ITU-R process –Anything that impacts the access to spectrum identified for IMT includes a regulatory aspect –The MS are the ones that regulate the use of that spectrum
doc.: IEEE Submission Sept 2008 Michael Lynch, Nortel Networks For more on the ITU-R… welcome&lang=enhttp://www.itu.int/ITU-R/index.asp?category=information&rlink=itur- welcome&lang=en