ITU News Magazine – August 2019
Nearly every sector of the economy now relies upon wireless technologies — from banking and agriculture to transportation and health care. “Houlin Zhao” ITU Secretary General.
Wireless communications have helped connect billions of people to the Internet so that they can reap the benefits of today’s digital economy. Nearly every sector of the economy now relies upon wireless technologies — from banking and agriculture to transportation and health care. And powerful new technologies that rely on robust wireless communications networks — such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things — hold great promise to improve lives at an unprecedented pace and scale.
Indeed, they have potential to accelerate progress towards achieving each of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU–R) globally regulates the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits to ensure these critical resources are used rationally, efficiently, economically, and equitably, and to prevent harmful interference between services of different government administrations.
In October, ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC‑19) will update the very important Radio Regulations international treaty, enabling those industries that are using current and future terrestrial radiocommunication technologies to continue to bring benefits to everyone.
In this edition of the ITU News Magazine you will learn more about the importance of terrestrial wireless communications and how WRC‑19 can enable their continued success and rollout.