Annual Report 2019-2020


The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) was held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 28 October to 22 November 2019. A total of 3,420 participants representing 163 Member States and 129 observer organizations attended the event.

Main outcomes

The WRC-19 addressed requirements for some leading edge technological innovations. These include identifying additional frequency bands for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), enabling the rollout of IMT-2020 (5G) networks, as well as for High-Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) – ­ radios on platforms hovering in the stratosphere to facilitate telecommunications within a wide coverage area below; new non-geostationary satellite systems using multiple, multi-satellite constellations; earth stations in motion (ESIM) communicating from aircraft, maritime vessels and land vehicles with satellites in the geostationary orbit (GSO); portable and mobile equipment communicating over wireless access systems, including radio local area networks (WiFi); radiocommunication systems between train and trackside systems to meet the demands of a high-speed railway environment; modernizing the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) to expand geographical coverage, including in Polar regions; and improving flight tracking with an updated Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System.

WRC-19 agreements to benefit future human development

WRC-19 addressed requirements for some next-generation technological innovations set to play a pivotal role in tomorrow's digital economy with immense implications for the trillion-dollar telecommunication and ICT industry. Agreements reached at the conference are set to unlock great potential for human progress advancing many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will provide the tools for effective climate action, forge pathways for improved health care, foster sustainable agricultural practices, improve energy efficiency, facilitate Intelligent Transport Systems, make cities smart and communities more sustainable, foster safer travel on land, on air and at sea, and allow countries to participate in the digital economy by providing access to faster and more affordable broadband connectivity, especially in currently underserved communities.