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Key outcomes from WRC-15

Market report - 22/02/2016 Key outcomes from WRC-15

Four years to pave the way for the future of telecoms

Spectrum is vital for many industries. Spectrum allocations are decided at a WRC.
At the most recent WRC, late in 2015, many hot topics were raised, including the allocation of new frequencies to International Mobile Tele-communications and to satellite services.
Globally, WRC-15 led to some very important conclusions. In the end, it delivered disappointing results for the mobile industry and satisfactory results for broadcasters and the satellite industry.

This report presents the major WRC-15 conclusions and outlines the hottest WRC-19 and WRC-23 key issues that will play a decisive role in the future of telecoms.

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1. Executive Summary
 1.1. Key outcomes from WRC-15
 1.1.1. Item 1.1: 291 MHz of spectrum identified globally for IMT in 1427-1518 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz frequencies
 1.1.2. 24 to 86 GHz frequencies to be studied before WRC-19
 1.1.3. Item 1.2: 96 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band identified for IMT in Region 1 and countries in Region 3
 1.1.4. Item 1.3 spectrum requirements for broadband PPDR
 1.1.5. Other items: road safety, flight tracking, amateur radio
 1.2. Beyond WRC-15
 1.2.1. Key hottest issues at WRC-19 and WRC-23
 1.2.2. Which industry/Region is the winner in the competition for spectrum?

2. Methodology & definitions
 2.1. General methodology of IDATE's reports
 2.2. Definitions

3. Background of WRC-15
 3.1. Spectrum is vital
 3.2. Spectrum allocation is decided at a WRC
 3.3. Key items at WRC-15

4. Key outcomes at WRC-15
 4.1. New frequency bands for IMT
   4.1.1. Item 1.1: new frequency bands excluding the 700 MHz
   4.1.2. Item 1.2: the 700 MHz band, 96 MHz identified for IMT use in Region 1 and in few countries in Region 3
 4.2. Spectrum requirements for broadband PPDR (Item 1.3)
 4.3. New frequency allocations/studies for satellite
 4.4. Other items

5. Beyond WRC-15
 5.1. The hottest key issues for WRC-19 and WRC-23
 5.2. Which industry is the winner in the competition for spectrum?
   5.2.1. A major step for mobile broadband achieved at WRC-15
   5.2.2. Negotiations aborted on 5G bands below 6 GHz
 5.2.3. The mobile industry failed to get enough spectrum for IMT
 5.2.4. The mobile industry suffered setbacks viz- -viz satellite players and broadcasters
 5.2.5. Heated debates lie ahead on mobile, satellite and broadcasting issues
 5.3. Which Region won?

6. Annexes
 6.1. Annex 1: Key WRC-12 lessons
 6.2. Annex 2: Inter-regional preparatory work for the WRC-15
 6.3. Annex 3: Full list of WRC-15 agenda items
 6.4. Annex 4: extracts from Provisional Final Acts of WRC-15
   6.4.1. Resolution 224 (REV.WRC-15): Frequency bands for the terrestrial component of International, Mobile Telecommunications below 1 GHz
   6.4.2. The 1300-1525 MHz and 1525-1610 MHz frequencies arrangements
 6.5. Key WRC-19 Agenda Items
 6.6. Preliminary key items for WRC-23

7. Glossary
Table 1: ITU radio spectrum frequency sub-bands
Table 2: IEEE radio spectrum frequency sub-bands above 1 GHz
Table 3: Post-WRC-15 status of the 700 MHz band worldwide
Table 4: New Frequency bands identified for IMT at WRC-15
Table 5: Frequency bands identified for IMT after WRC-15 in the ITU-R Radio Regulations, including bands identified before WRC-15
Table 6: Spectrum requirements in the year 2020 by ITU-R
Table 7: Spectrum gaps by 2020
Table 8: Full list of WRC-15 agenda items
IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group
4G Americas
5G Forum
The WRC-15 is one of the toughest ever
  Four years of preparation to cope with mobile traffic surge
  Key items discussed at WRC-15 (2-27 November 2015)

The WRC-15 ended with key outcomes for the mobile, broadcasting and satellite industries
  The WRC-15 paved the way for the future of telecoms : key mobile items
  The WRC-15 paved the way for the future of satellite/broadcast industries: key items
  The WRC-15 paved the way for the future of the digital economy

Regionally, the WRC-15 ended with distinct results
  Post-WRC-15 IMT status for the UHF band (470-694 MHz)
  Post-WRC-15 IMT status for the lower part of the L-band (1427-1518 MHz)
  Post-WRC-15 IMT status in C-band (3.4-4.2 GHz)
  Post-WRC-15 IMT status in the 700 MHz band
  Main radio spectrum 'trends' below 6 GHz, 2015-2016
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