Zimbabwe Hosts Africa Telecommunication Union WRC-19

Zimbabwe is currently hosting the second preparatory meeting for the  Africa Telecommunication Union, World Radiocommunication  Conference, slated for Egypt next year,  which are held once every three to four years in the continent.

The main objective of WRC is to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits.

In his opening remarks, the permanent sectary for the ministry of ICT Postal and Courier Services, Engineer Sam Kundishora highlighted the need to accelerate wireless technology for communication, as a major basis for continental growth.

As we prepare for WRC-19 let us keep close attention to the fact that it is through wireless technologies that Africa, among other emerging regions managed to leapfrog development towards universalising broadband access and such technologies shall remain foundational to the quest by our region to fully participate in the Global Digital and Knowledge Economy.

Speaking to other SADC  regulatory heads, attending the same conference, The Zimbabwean Postal and Telecommunications  Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe director General Dr  Gift Kalisto Machengete nudged his collegues on the need to drive towards preservation of the current preserving the present, in as much as it will be about providing resources to meet our future requirements, be it in mobile broadband communications, aeronautical services, maritime communications or radio navigation systems


This set of Working Group meetings represents an important landmark in Africa’s journey towards WRC-19. This time around the stakes are high for Africa as, apart from key Agenda Items that are up for discussion and decision making at the WRC, the Continent, through the Administration of Egypt, will, for the first time in the history of the ITU, proudly host the Global Community on the occasion of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019.

Interesting observation on the current talks led to general consensus that the 32 ghz frequency shall be the future fail safe frequency to deploy 5 g technology for the African market, ahead of global standardization and implementation.


The general scope of the agenda of world radiocommunication conferences is established four to six years in advance, with the final agenda set by the ITU Council two years before the conference, with the concurrence of a majority of Member States.
Under the terms of the ITU Constitution, a WRC can:
On the basis of contributions from administrations, the Special Committee, the Radiocommunication Study Groups, and other sources (see Article 19 of the Convention (Geneva, 1992)) concerning the regulatory, technical, operational and procedural matters to be considered by World and Regional Radiocommunication Conferences, the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) shall prepare a consolidated report to be used in support of the work of such conferences.


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