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.