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How spectrum can save lives

Zafar Anjum | July 15, 2013
Motorola Solutions’s Bharat Bhatia, Regional Director, Government Affairs for the APAC and Middle East regions, speaks on public protection, spectrum harmonisation and why Asia is leading in this area.

"So basically it lays down what should be the spectrum band but the trouble was it was done in 2003. At that time, nobody had thought about broadband, video or Internet, Twitter or Facebook. This was all wireless based. So we started looking at this again and a number of studies were done and last year in 2012, they have now approved a new agenda item to revise that resolution."

"At the conference that will happen in 2015 in Geneva, the next WRC, they will revise the 646 to take care of the need for video, they will take care of social networks  and all those activities that I talked about will now get incorporated into this resolution at the next conference. This again is driven by us largely, Motorola always takes a lead in this area but most of the work is done at the government level so we only can support the governments.

"So mainly it is the US government, the Canadian government, the Indian government, the Singapore government; all the governments got together and approved this agenda item for the next conference. So this agenda is very specifically designed and for three years from 2012 to 2015, various studies are going on to find out what are the best ways to update the resolution because it is a global legal treaty. So every full stop and comma has a meaning. Every word is debated over the last three-year period and finally in 2015 when we all get together for the one month period, then finally it will get passed."

"In that case," I ask, "will the frequencies remain the same or they will also change?"

"They may change or they may remain the same. That is the study that is being carried out now although I will talk about frequencies, etc. We are looking at that right now. Those studies are going on. This is a similar thing that is happening in Europe. There is a body called FM49 which is somewhere here. The European Communication Commission (ECC) which is a part of the European Parliament, they have set up a group called FM49 and that FM49 consists of all these countries together and they will decide on the spectrum, feed it to the European Commission which will go to the European Parliament and will get it approved in Europe itself. So this is the status that is going on in Europe.

"Within Asia, we have what we call the APT as I mentioned. APT has already approved a 700MHz band plan and this is a very hot topic. If you are in Communiqué Asia, the four governments - Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia - jointly decided that they will follow this band plan. So this band plan was developed by APT.

 

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