ITU: Countries Moving to Influence 6G Decisions

November 24, 2023

Written by Caio Castro
CATEGORY: Exclusives

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) kicked off earlier this week in Dubai – and so countries’ efforts to play significant roles in shaping decisions, especially regarding 6G.

Multiple administrations have made clear their intentions of leading 6G conversations during the next month. Finland, South Korea, and India are among the first to go public about their goals.

“Finland’s positions on frequency issues in mobile communications help to create and develop communications networks. We want to ensure that we are the leading country in mobile technology in the future as well,” said Director-General of the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Kirsi Karlamaa.

According to the Finnish government, preparation of the WRC-27 agenda (including 6G frequency issues), use of the frequency range 12.75–13.25 GHz for data transmission from satellites to ships and airplanes, additional frequencies to mobile communications (especially in the 6 GHz frequency range) are among the priority topics.

READ HERE: ITU Officially Sets Agenda for 6G

India is another player fighting for a leading role in this year’s Conference. Neeraj Mittal, Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications of India, recently posted the nation’s delegation was in Dubai to “participate in decisions on the use of spectrum for new technologies, such IMT 6G [IMT 2030] and NGSO.”

No Shortage of 6G Efforts

So far, no country has been so clear as to its goals to become a 6G leader than South Korea.

In a press release, Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT released a statement saying that it plans to hold frequent cooperation meetings with major countries to ensure that the domestic industry’s position is favourably reflected on major WRC agenda items, such as the adoption of an agenda for discovering 6G candidate frequencies.

According to the press release, the country will cooperate in future technologies such as 6G and terrestrial communications “so that Korea can secure leadership in 6G international standards at the next WRC meeting in 2027.” The Ministry also plans to dispatch Korean private experts to the ITU.

“At this World Radiocommunication Conference, we will utilise our accumulated experience in international activities to discuss key issues, such as discussions on the agenda for discovering 6G candidate frequencies. We will do our best to maximise national interest on the agenda,” said Park Yun-gyu, South Korea’s Second Vice Minister of Science and ICT.

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