At the conclusion of the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC) 2023, Nigeria solidified its commitment to global connectivity by signing onto the Final Act WRC-23, documenting key decisions made during the conference. The Final Act encompasses new and revised provisions of the Radio Regulations, an international treaty overseeing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.
Representing Nigeria at the conference, the Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, was joined by Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Mrs. Jane Egerton-Idehen, Managing Director of the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat Ltd).
The WRC-2023, a triennial global treaty conference organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), witnessed agreements that identify new spectrum resources supporting technological innovation, global connectivity, and safety in various domains.
Among the notable decisions, the conference allocated spectrum for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), crucial for expanding broadband connectivity and advancing mobile services, including 4G, 5G, and future 6G. Additionally, new frequencies for non-geostationary fixed-satellite service Earth Stations in Motion (ESIMs) were identified, offering high-speed broadband for mobile services on aircraft, vessels, trains, and vehicles.
Provisions were also established to safeguard ship and aircraft mobile service stations in international airspace and waters, protecting them from interference within national territories.
Nigeria’s delegation, consisting of seasoned engineers and telecommunications experts, hailed from various entities, including the Ministry, NCC, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), NigComSat Ltd, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), and telecom operators.
Expressing gratitude for the collective efforts, Minister Tijani urged the delegation to prepare for future conferences, emphasizing the importance of preserving Nigeria’s interests through research and inter-agency collaboration.
During an engagement with the delegation, Dr. Maida highlighted the significance of the conference for Nigeria, stating that the agreements reached would benefit stakeholders and ordinary Nigerians by improving service quality, bridging the digital gap in rural areas, and aligning with global technological transitions.