Sharm El-Sheikh (5/10/2011)
The activities of 15th meeting of the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) drew to a close today. The ASMG meeting was hosted by NTRA in Sharm El-Sheikh in the period from 1 to 5 October 2011. The participating delegations submitted a number of recommendations that aimed to enhance ICT sector in the Arab countries, and underscore the necessity of optimizing the usage of frequency spectrum resources of each country. These resources are considered a national wealth, and natural and scarce resources.
Dr. El-Sayed Azouz, Head of the Spectrum Sector stated that during the ASMG meeting, there was a coordination of efforts between the Arab countries in order to reach a unified stance of the Arab administrations on the agenda of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12). In fact, the participating delegations reached a unified stance on the majority of issues. Significant recommendations and contributions were issued and will be submitted in the upcoming Conference (WRC-12). Chief among these recommendations are: the provision of new spectrum for broadband services, which will have a great impact on the telecom market.
ASMG recommended the formation of a small working group to study some issues under consideration. Also it recommended the formation of a working group to coordinate efforts and exchange views and pinions on the digital migration plans in the Arab countries. These small working groups will be made up of representatives of the interested Arab countries so that the outcomes of these groups will be submitted to all Arab countries and the next ASMG meeting.
The participants highlighted the significance of activating complete cooperation between the Arab countries in order to come up with a unified stance that reflected the necessity of distribution and usage of spectrum and its applications in many fixed, mobile and broadcasting services in addition to space, meteorological, and GPS researches. It is worth mentioning that it should be taken into consideration that all these aspects do not contradict with the Arab interests.