At WRC-23, Nigeria ratified new radio regulations to bolster international communication

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Nigeria, along with the rest of the world, signed the Final Act WRC-23 at the end of the 2023 World Radiocommunications meeting (WRC), which is a record of the decisions made at the meeting.

The new and updated provisions of the Radio Regulations, a treaty regulating the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, are both included in the Final Act.

Mrs. Jane Egerton-Idehen, Managing Director of Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat Ltd), Dr. Aminu Maida, and Dr. Bosun Tijani, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, were in attendance on behalf of the country.

Every three to four years, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an international organization for telecommunications connected with the United Nations, hosts the World Radiocommunication convention (WRC-2023), a worldwide, intergovernmental treaty convention.

As a result of reaching consensus on agenda items proposed by national administrations, each conference concludes with countries signing an updated Final Act.

There has been an announcement from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that states, “the agreement to the updated Radio Regulations identifies new spectrum resources to support technological innovation, deepen global connectivity, increase access to and equitable use of space-based radio resources, and enhance safety at sea, in the air, and on land.” This announcement follows a previous statement from the organization.

Spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) was one of the decisions made at the Conference. This is important because it will play a key role in creating IMT mobile services, which include 4G, 5G, and 6G in the future, as well as in expanding internet connection.

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Earth Stations in Motion (ESIMs), a non-geostationary fixed-satellite service that would offer high-speed broadband onboard vehicles, ships, trains, and aircraft, were also recognized during the conference as having new frequencies. When calamity strikes and the local communication infrastructure is destroyed or degraded, these satellite services become even more important.

Additionally, measures were incorporated to safeguard mobile service stations for ships and aircraft operating in international waters and airspace against interference with stations situated within national territories.

In attendance at the conference were seasoned engineers and specialists in satellite regulations and governance from various Nigerian institutions and organizations, including the Ministry, NCC, NBC, NigComSat Ltd, NARSDA, NAMA, telecom operators, and others working in the telecoms sector.

The head of the Nigerian delegation at the WRC-23, Tijani, also took the time to thank his fellow participants for their efforts, saying that they had given their all for Nigeria’s future.

In order to safeguard the nation’s interests, he urged the Nigerian delegation to start planning for future conferences and invest in capacity building through thorough study and interagency cooperation.

Additionally, Maida complimented the Nigerian delegation for working together for Nigeria’s benefit during an engagement with the delegation at the conference. He stressed how crucial the summit was for Nigeria.

He asserted that the spectrum resources allocated as a result of the agreements made at the conference will help the Commission’s stakeholders, particularly regular Nigerians, who will see an improvement in service quality and a narrowing of the digital divide in rural regions.

Furthermore, the decisions reached at the conference and the creation of worldwide standards for radiocommunications will influence the creation and application of new technology.

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“Our results are in line with Nigeria’s long-term goals and the Strategic Plan for the Ministry, which focuses on increasing internet access for all Nigerians, enhancing user experience, and coordinating with the world’s shift to 5G and 6G networks.”

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