Compromises are reached as WRC-15 draws to a close:-
Agenda Item 1.12 (10 GHz EESS) was finally approved at plenary with footnotes relevant to certain Middle Eastern countries and with the amateur services allocations untouched.
10 GHz and 24 GHz: Threats by the mobile ‘phone/broadband industry have been averted for the time being, but no doubt will be raised again at WRC-19 and /or WRC-23.
SmallSats: Discussions for space operations frequencies for short duration (3 years) Small Sats resulted in the frequency band 420-450 MHz being dropped from the proposed WRC-19 studies. ITU-R has been invited to study existing allocations to the space operation service below 1 GHz and if no suitable frequencies can be identified,then possible new allocations, or an upgrade of the existing allocations, to the space operation service within the frequency ranges 150.05-174 MHz and 400.15 420 MHz should be considered. This compromise was reached after a mammoth session finishing at 5.30 am on Thursday morning!
Friday will be spent on courtesies, closing speeches and the signing of the ‘Final Acts’ by the head of every delegation. This is where I bow out….
PS: The final acts also include the WRC-19 proposal for the future harmonisation of 50 MHz in Region-1
NB: Further background and previous updates are at rsgb.org/wrc-15