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The UAE Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) has announced a voluntary contribution of CHF 1.9 million to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The contribution represents a surplus from the budget for WRC-23, which took place in Dubai, UAE, late last year.

The ITU will use the funds to update global radiocommunication databases and update the software applications and tools provided by the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) to assist countries around the world in applying for radio frequency assignments in accordance with the newly revised Radio Regulations (2024 Version).

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“Putting WRC decisions into practical use is critical for the future of global connectivity, and we are grateful to the UAE and the TDRA for their generous support,” said Doreen Bogdan-Martin, ITU Secretary-General.

The decisions made at the conference will play a crucial role in shaping future global connectivity and digital development. However, the shift towards implementation will require a significant financial commitment spanning the next four years.

“This donation underscores the UAE’s commitment to advancing global telecommunications, fostering technological innovation, and enhancing connectivity worldwide,” said His Excellency, Eng. Mohammed Al Ramsi, TDRA Deputy Director-General and Chair of WRC-23.

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Radio Regulations Revisions

Notably, WRC-23 has updated the ITU Radio Regulations, identifying new spectrum resources to support technological innovation, deepen global connectivity, and enhance safety at sea, in the air, and on land. These regulatory updates and decisions are set to come into effect on 1 January 2025.

“Implementing WRC-23 decisions is not optional for administrations and, therefore, it is not optional for the BR,” reiterated Mario Maniewicz, Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau. “We require about CHF 12.5 million over the next four years to put WRC-23 decisions into action. I thank the TDRA for this timely contribution and emphasize that post-conference funds will always be crucial to put WRC results into effect.”

Held every three to four years, the World Radiocommunication Conferences review and, as necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and, for space-based radio services, the associated orbital resources.

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