The issue of the future use of the 470-694 MHz UHF band is seen as one of the most difficult and challenging agenda items to be discussed at WRC-23. No provisional regional position has yet been agreed by ATU members, and next week’s CPM23-4 is set to be crucial in setting the future shape of the band. With positions across the rest of region 1 split, with Europe advocating ‘no change’ and a continuation of priority for terrestrial broadcast in the band, and the Arab Region favouring a co-primary mobile allocation in the band, the final decision from Africa could be critical in the overall direction of discussions at WRC-23. Against this backdrop, this session will hear from key stakeholders on their vision on the future of the band, and discuss the best way forward to maximise value for stakeholders throughout Africa.
What is the current status of discussions on the 470-694MHz band in Africa as we head into next week’s crucial CPM23-4 meeting?
What positions are being seen elsewhere in region 1?
What are the key arguments being put forward by key industry stakeholders such as IMT, broadcast and PMSE?
What would be the impact for these sectors if the decision at WRC-23 goes against them?
What are the challenges associated with coexistence of DTT and PMSE users with mobile industry in the band?
To what extent could emerging new technologies and standards have the potential to help to make sharing of this kind a possibility either now or in the future?
Where does the balance lie between the delivery of a coordinated approach and taking account of national differences? How important is it that a harmonised decision on the future of the band is reached both across Africa and the rest of region 1?