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Issues at the World Radiocommunications Conference 1999 in the context of Community policies. Commission staff working paper. SEC (98) 839 final, 12 May 1998

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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 12.05.1998 SEC(1998) 839 COMMISSION STAFF WORKING PAPER ISSUES AT THE WORLD RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE 1999 (WRC-99) IN THE CONTEXT OF COMMUNITY POLICIES TABLE OF CONTENT 1. INTRODUCTION 2 MAIN COMMUNITY POLICIES AFFECTED BY SPECTRUM AVAILABILITY 3. MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS/IMT -2000/UMTS 4. SATELLITE SERVICES 5. BROADCASTING (APPENDICES 30/30A) 6. AERONAUTICAL AND SATELLITE-RADIONAVIGA TION/GNSS SERVICES 7. EARTH EXPLORATION AND SPACE SCIENCE SERVICES 8. OTHER MOBILE-SATELLITE SERVICES 9. "PAPER" SATELLITES (RESULT OF WRC-97) ANNEX I ANNEX II ANNEX III Annotated agenda ofWRC-99 Organisation ofCEPT/CPG in preparation for WRC-99 Glossary 1 1 2 4 7 10 13 14 15 11. INTRODUCTION The World Radiocommunications Conference 1997 (WRC-97) took place in Geneva from 27 October to 21 November 1997. After four weeks of negotiations, 131 ITU member countries, including the EU Member States, signed the Final Acts1 of the WRC-97. This document contains the agreed modifications of the Radio Regulations, the Appendices to the Radio Regulations, as well as revised and new Resolutions and Recommendations approved by the Conference. In general terms, and from a telecommunication policy point of view, WRC-97 proved to be a successful conference and made some important provisions which will contribute to the establishment of Global Information Infrastructures. For example, the results of WRC-97 comply with Europe's plans for the further development of third generation terrestrial mobile communications into UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) and for the competitive provision of satellite broadband services while respecting the frequency requirements of other radiocommunications services. It should be noted, however, that the forthcoming conference in 1999 will address both issues in further detail. This is also the case with respect to frequency

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