RCC Commission on the regulation of the use of radiofrequency spectrum and satellite orbits

The RCC Commission on regulation of the use of radiofrequency spectrum and satellite orbits (The RCC Commission on RFS and SO) was established for solving the problems in the field of regulation of the use of radiofrequency spectrum and satellite orbits.

 

The most important functions of the RCC Commission on RFS and SO are:

  • Promotion of the interests of the RCC participants` countries in the International Telecommunication Union and other international organizations on the use of radiofrequency spectrum and satellite orbits, as well as the development and approval on behalf of the Board of the RCC CAs common proposals and positions of the RCC for the World Radiocommunication Conferences and Radiocommunication Assemblies.
  • Coordination of the RCC CAs cooperation in the field of radiofrequency spectrum and satellite orbits, and provision of electromagnetic compatibility of radioelectronic means, including the coordination of use of radiofrequencies in border areas.

For 25 years, the RCC participants` countries managed to defend joint interests in the 9 World administrative radiocommunication conferences and World radiocommunication conferences.

During these key international events the new edition of the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union was adopted with additions and amendments made on the last conference, and also the planning of broadcasting satellite service and the fixed satellite service was held.

In 2004 — 2006 during two sessions of the Regional Radiocommunication Conference of the RCC participants` countries have successfully conducted the planning of digital terrestrial television broadcasting (DTTB).

As a result of these sessions, the RCC participants` countries have fixed about a half of the radio frequency spectrum below 1 GHz. For the first time lists of analogue TV stations RCC participants` countries such as Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine were officially recognized.

The RCC CAs has provided an opportunity not only to the introduction of DTTB, but also made decisions on the future use of the fixed radio frequencies. The DTTB transition allowed not only to create new programs of network distribution and expand capacity for implementation of innovations in the field of radiocommunication services, but also allowed to receive “digital dividend”, formed through the efficient use of radiofrequency spectrum.

In addition, the transition to DTTB made a significant contribution to the development of the economies of the RCC participants` countries and contributed to overcoming the “digital divide”.

During the last WRC-15 the RCC implemented all its proposals for the Conference and provided an opportunity for development in its countries of perspective radio technologies based on their national interests. One of the main achievements of the RCC on WRC-15 was a new distribution of radiofrequency bands fixed-satellite service in the Ku-band, which has been proposed in the RCC participants` countries as an agenda item of WRC-15.

After the Radiocommunication Assembly and World Radiocommunication Conference 2015, no one in the world was left in a doubt that in the RCC work exclusively professional experts in the field of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, who not only defend the interests of their countries, but also respect the interests of others.

Currently, the RCC Commission on RFS and SO actively works on the preparation for  Radiocommunication Assembly and World Radiocommunication Conference the next main in- ternational event in the field of regulation of radiofrequency spectrum use that is going to be held in 2019.

Thus, thank to the RCC CAs research and scientific-research work held for a quarter of a century, the RCC has achieved the status of a recognized regional organizations in the field of international management of radiofrequency spectrum and satellite orbits.

The RCC pays great attention not only to the international aspects of regulation of the use of radio frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, but also the practical aspects of the RCC coordination of interaction, including the coordination of use of radiofrequencies in border areas.

One of the most important achievements of the Commission was the development of the Common table of distribution of radio RCC participants` countries in the radio frequency band of 9 kHz — 275 GHz, which was approved by decision of the Board of the RCC CAs Heads № 46/4, 12-13 June 2012.

Within the framework of scientific and methodological support the RCC participants` countries are carrying out the development of recommendations, methodology and reports on topical is- sues of regulation of the use of radio frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, the development of draft agreements on the use of radio spectrum in border areas and carrying the exchange of experience on the implementation of DTTB, conversion radio frequency spectrum and the implementation of advanced radio technology.