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Interviewee: Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Switzerland

What you will learn in this audiocast (13 min 05 sec):

In this PTC coffee break, the podcast examines the upcoming changes in spectrum and satellite orbital management worldwide, managed by a treaty level coordination process.

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) is the bedrock intergovernmental meeting of the wireless sector. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organizes the Conference which is typically convened on a four-yearly cycle.

With 5G, IoT, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and other new technologies now arriving, WRC-19, held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, comes at a notably important point in wireless platform development, having an immense significance on the development of the wireless economy.

In this interview, Malcolm Johnson outlines the range, scope, and importance of WRC-19 and gives an overview of what we might expect in terms of outcomes for such a conference.

Topics covered include:

  • The background of the World Radiocommunication Conference and the Radio Regulations
  • Major and highlighted WRC-19 agenda topics
  • Progress on the Digital Dividend
  • Greater global harmonization?

Learn more about WRC-19 here.