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Malawi reviews 2019 WRC conference

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Henry Shamu

Malawi Monday started reviewing the outcome of the 2019 World Radiocommunication (WRC) conference and kick-started preparations for the 2023 World Radiocommunication indaba.

WRC is a global event organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and is held every three to four years with the aim of revising the radio regulations and any associated frequency allocation and allotment plans.

The WRC is also aimed at addressing any radio communication matter of worldwide character, instructing the Radio Regulations Board and the Radiocommunication Bureau, and review their activities.

Speaking in Lilongwe during a review workshop, Macra Director General, Henry Shamu, said among the resolutions made at WRC 2019 include the Agenda Item 1.4 where Malawi championed for the provisions necessary to allow Sadc countries to reclaim their satellite orbital resources that were lost due to usage of satellite resources by the developed countries.

Shamu said Malawi, franked by other countries in the region, successfully pushed for the resolution, thereby enabling the re-acquisition of lost orbital resources.

He said it is envisaged that through the critical infrastructure development program, Malawi and the rest of the Sadc countries will be able to develop the satellite network and reduce the digital divide.

Shamu said additional bands for IMT have been identified to facilitate development of fifth generation (5G) mobile networks.

“Other outcomes include a new recommendation on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) which approved harmonised frequency bands and integration of ICTs to connect vehicles, improve traffic management and assist in safer driving.

“The conference also agreed on a new Resolution on railway radio communication systems between train and trackside (RSTT). The resolution approved on Railway Radiocommunication systems to facilitate the deployment of railway train and trackside systems to meet the needs of a high-speed railway environment in particular for train radio applications for improved railway traffic control, passenger safety and security for train operations,” Shamu said.

According to Shamu, Macra believes that the efficient use of radio frequency spectrum will improve the socio-economic lives of the people through the provision of affordable wireless broadband services.

During Monday’s indaba, Macra also briefed stakeholders on the introduction of WEBCP, a web customer portal which will enable operators to submit Spectrum and Type approval applications online.

“Macra believes in the process of consultation. It is through this process of meeting you and getting your views in which we arrive at decisions that are inclusive and representative of the ICT industry,” Shamu said.

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