The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) Closed In Sharm El-Sheikh

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19), which was hosted by Egypt, represented by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), closed yesterday in Sharm El Sheikh. The conference spanned more than a month and was organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The conference was inaugurated by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, President of Egypt last October. The closing ceremony was attended by Dr. Amr S. Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and Mr. Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

In his speech, the Minister underscored the recommendations and outputs of the Conference that resulted from the deliberations and discussions of the conference and concluded in the issuance of many positive results outcomes in favor of the future of mobile communications. This includes a bundle of significant outcomes for the future of 5G technology and ensuring the protection of relevant areas, such as the global weather forecast services. This is in addition to issuing international resolutions to help pave the way for improving transportation in smart cities. HE Dr. Talaat expressed his happiness with the WRC announcement of a special declaration on gender equality in the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), highlighting Egypt’s considerable interest in this issue.

The conference comprised a number of activities including the governments’ presentation and revision of the Radio Regulations (RR), an international treaty regulating the utilization of radio frequencies, the geostationary (GSO) and non-geostationary-satellite (Non-GSO) orbits. In addition, the WRC-19 final outcome was announced as an international agreement named after the host country “Sharm El Sheikh Charter 2019”.