Global need for new frequencies for wireless broadband

Published 30.10.2015

The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-2015), which starts next week, decides on the future global use of radio frequencies. The issues to be discussed are, among others, additional frequencies for wireless broadband and research related to frequency ranges for future 5G networks.

For Finland, one of the most important aims at the WRC-2015 is to gain gradually additional frequencies for wireless broadband networks in Europe starting from 2017. Mobile phones and other mobile devices require increasingly higher data transfer rates for transmitting high-quality animated images, for example. The volume of transferred data grew by 40 per cent in Finland during the first half of the 2015.

The WRC-2015 begins to conduct studies on the future 5G frequencies but decisions on these frequencies will not be made until the conference of 2019. The first 5G networks are expected to be introduced roughly in 2020.

The conference also agrees on frequency ranges which may be used in future for allocating frequencies for wireless broadband authority networks.

Furthermore, the conference seeks for a solution on locating aeroplanes via satellite anywhere in the world. The conference also seeks appropriate frequency bands and measures to implement Wireless Avionics Intra-Communications (WAIC) systems. These systems will replace applicable parts of aircrafts' intra-communication systems employing wires by wireless solutions.

Finnish delegate at the conference

The Finnish delegate at the WRC-2015 is led by the Ministry of Transport and Communications together with FICORA. The delegate includes representatives from the Finnish Defence Forces, the Ministry of the Interior, Digita Oy, Nokia Networks, Yleisradio, Elisa Oyj and TeliaSonera Finland Oyj.

The conference is held in Geneva from 2 to 27 November 2015.

Results of the conference

FICORA publishes press releases about the progress of the conference and posts related information on its website and Twitter using the hashtag #WRC15.

Further information

Pasi Toivonen, Chief Specialist, FICORA, tel. +358 295 390 463

Kaisa Laitinen, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Transport and Communications, tel. +358 295 34 2608

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