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WRC-23: Nigeria signs updated Radio Regulations to deepen global connectivity, equitable access

L-R: Engr. Ubale Maska, Executive Commissioner, Technical Services at NCC; Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC; Dr. 'Bosun Tijani, Honourable for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy and Head of Nigerian Delegation; and Mrs. Jane Egerton-Idehen, Managing Director, NigComSat Limited, at the World Radiocommunications Conference Photo: NCC

*Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission, affirms the outcomes of the recent World Radiocommunications Conference 2023 align with Nigeria’s overall objectives and Federal Ministry’s Strategic Plan on expanding Broadband connectivity, improving Quality of Experience, and equitable access to all telecoms consumers

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

Nigeria has joined the rest of the global world to sign unto the Final Act WRC-23 at the recent World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC) 2023, signifying a record of the decisions taken at the international conference.

ConsumerConnect reports the Final Act WRC-23 comprises both the new and revised provisions of the Radio Regulations, an international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.

Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, also stated Dr. Bosun Tijani, Honourable Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, represented Nigeria in company with Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive  Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), as well as Mrs. Jane Egerton-Idehen, Managing Director, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat Limited) at the event.

The telecoms sector regulatory Commission disclosed the Nigerian delegation at the global conference also comprised seasoned engineers and experts in telecommunications and satellite regulations and governance from the Ministry, NCC, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), NigComSat Limited, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), telecoms operators, and other practitioners from the telecommunications industry in the West African country.

Objectives of WRC-2023, by ITU

The WRC-2023 is a global, inter-governmental treaty conference, which is held every three to four years by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations-affiliated international organisation for telecommunications.

At the end of each conference, countries signed unto an updated Final Act, the outcome of agreements on agenda put forward by country administrations.

The ITU, in a statement, said: “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.”

The Conference, among other decisions reached, identified spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), which will be crucial for expanding Broadband connectivity and developing IMT mobile services, also known as 4G, 5G and, in the future, 6G.

The Conference further identified new frequencies for non-geostationary fixed-satellite service Earth Stations in Motion (ESIMs) that would provide high-speed Broadband onboard aircraft, vessels, trains, and vehicles.

According to NCC, these satellite services are also critical, following disasters where local communication infrastructure is damaged or destroyed.

Provisions were also included to protect ship and aircraft mobile service stations located in international airspace and waters from other stations within national territories.

Delegates’ sacrifices for collective benefit of Nigeria’s future: Minister

Speaking at the event, Dr. Tijani, who led the Nigerian delegation to the WRC-23, commended the delegates for their sacrifices, which he noted were made for the collective benefit of the future of Nigeria.

The Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy also urged the delegates to commence preparation for future conferences, to ensure the preservation of Nigeria’s interest by developing capacity through investments in extensive research and inter-agency collaboration.

WRC-23 outcomes align with expanding Broadband connectivity, others -Maida

During an engagement with the Nigerian delegation at the conference, Dr. Maida, EVC/CEO of NCC, also lauded the delegates for collaborating in Nigeria’s best interest.

The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Commission stressed the significant importance of the global conference for the country.

“The agreements reached at this year’s conference will provide valuable spectrum resources that will benefit the Commission’s stakeholders, especially ordinary Nigerians by enhancing service quality and bridging the digital gap in rural areas.

“Additionally, the establishment of international standards for radiocommunications and the decisions made at the conference will impact the development and implementation of new technologies,” Maida stated.

He equally said: “These outcomes align with Nigeria’s overall objectives and the Honourable Minister’s Strategic Plan for the Ministry, particularly on expanding Broadband connectivity, in harmony with the global transition to 5G and future 6G technologies, as well as improving Quality of Experience, and providing equitable access to all Nigerians.”

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