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From 7 to 9 of September 2010 in Baku, Azerbaijan Republic, the 25/35th joint meeting of RCC Commission on Regulation of Frequency Spectrum Use and EMC of Radioelectronic Facilities (Commission on EMC) and RCC Commission for Satellite Communication, TV and Sound Broadcasting (Broadcasting Commission) was held.

The meeting was chaired by the Chairman of Commission on EMC, the Head of Federal Communications Agency of the Russian Federation Mr. Valery Bugaenko.

The meeting joined more than 30 participants from Communications Administrations and Radiofrequency bodies from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, representatives of RCC Executive Committee and International Telecommunications Union.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of the Azerbaijan Republic Mrradio_16_09_2010_3. Iltimas Mamedov greeted the participants. In his welcome speech he noted the importance of the issues raised in the agenda of the meeting and discussed by the Commissions for all the RCC members’ countries, and wished success in solving all the tasks.

One of the key issues of the Commissions meeting was discussion of the preparatory process for the Radiocommunication Assembly (RA) and World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 2012. The Commissions members approved the drafts of Preliminary position of RCC countries on WRC-12 Agenda items and RCC Common proposals for the work of the Conference. They discussed the preparation for the most important preparatory meeting for WRC-12 which will be held in February 2011 in Geneva. The Commissions tasked the RCC WG WRC-12/RA-12 and the RCC Executive Committee to prepare and coordinate the RCC proposals for this meeting.

The chairmen of working groups reported on the results of their work:

  • Results of the Working Group of technical experts on evaluation of the use of radio frequency resource for synchronic audio broadcasting networks of the RCC members;
  • Results of Coordination group on digital broadcasting (CGDB);
  • Results of ITU studies on the use of frequency band 790-862 MHz;
  • Other issues related to the radio frequency use management and ensuring the electromagnetic compatibility of radio electronic facilities.

One of the most difficult question relates to the use of radio frequency resource of simultaneous audio broadcasting networks in RCC countries. This issue was raised in 1996 during twj session of RCC Administrative meeting for division of frequency assignments from Geneva75. The working group shall continue studies on the use of radio frequencies 171, 549 and 873 kHz taking into account technical and economical particularities of division of synchronic audio broadcasting networks.radio_16_09_2010_1

With regard to the work of CGDB the Commission discussed and approved the results of CGDB work in 2010 and examined the following documents:

  • Draft “Recommendation on coordination on new or modified frequency assignments/allotments of digital broadcasting in the frequency band 174-230 MHz between RCC members”;
  • Proposals on technical specifications for receivers of terrestrial networks of digital television;
  • Proposals on technical basis for terrestrial digital broadcasting networks planning.

The Commissions decided to present the draft “Recommendation on coordination on new or modified frequency assignments/allotments of digital broadcasting in the frequency band 174-230 MHz between RCC members” for RCC Board approval, during its meeting which will be held at the end of November 2010 in Baku.

Besides, the joint meeting of RCC Commissions considered the perspectives of development and implementation of wireless access technologies (broadband access, 3G, ect.) in RCC counties, creation of General Table of Frequency Assignments of RCC counties, other issue of efficient use of spectrum and orbits.

radio_16_09_2010_2At the same period a meeting of RCC Commission on Coordination of International Cooperation took place and the Commissions held a joint session where the issues of RCC preparation for ITU Plenipotentiary Conference were put into discussion.

In conclusion, the participants of the meeting expressed gratitude to the Communication Administration of the Azerbaijan Republic for a warm welcome and for providing all the conditions for a successful meeting.