The Radio Regulations
is an intergovernmental treaty text of the International Telecommunication Union
The International Telecommunication Union is the specialized agency of the United Nations which is responsible for information and communication technologies...
(ITU), the Geneva-based specialised agency of the United Nations
The United Nations is an international organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace...
which coordinates and standardises the operation of telecommunication networks and services and advances the development of communications technology.
Covering both legal and technical issues, it serves as a supranational instrument for the optimal international management of the radio spectrum
Radio spectrum refers to the part of the electromagnetic spectrum corresponding to radio frequencies – that is, frequencies lower than around 300 GHz ....
The Radio Regulations
- the allocation of different frequency bands to different radio services;
- the mandatory technical parameters to be observed by radio stations, especially transmitters;
- procedures for the coordination (ensuring technical compatibility) and notification (formal recording and protection in the Master International Frequency Register) of frequency assignments made to radio stations by national governments;
- other procedures and operational provisions.
The drafting, revision and adoption of the Radio Regulations
is the responsibility of the World Radiocommunication Conference
World Radiocommunication Conference is organized by ITU to review, and, as necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. It is held every three to four years...
s (WRCs) of the ITU, meetings of which are typically held every three or four years. Recent WRCs are:
- Geneva, 1995 (WRC-95)
- Geneva, 1997 (WRC-97)
- Istanbul, 2000 (WRC-2000)
- Geneva, 2003 (WRC-03)
- Geneva, 2007 (WRC-07)
The most recent published version of the Radio Regulations
, the "Edition of 2008" contains the complete texts of the Radio Regulations
as adopted and revised by WRC-07, including all articles, appendices, resolutions, and a subset of the recommendations issued by ITU-R
The ITU Radiocommunication Sector is one of the three sectors of the International Telecommunication Union and is responsible for radio communication....
(previously known as the CCIR) (those "recommendations" which have a mandatory nature, as a result of being cited in the Radio Regulations
National and Regional Radio Regulatory Agencies