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     Pawan Garg elected to ITU Board

January 16th 2007, PALS News Service

Pawan Garg from Class 1969 E&EC has been elected to the ITU ( International Telecommunication Union) Radio Regulator Board at its most recent meeting of the Plenipotentiary Conference, the supreme body of the ITU. The election is for a 4 year term from 2007 through 2010. This is indeed a great honor for our college. Pawan is currently serving as the Wireless Advisor to the Govt. of India and has been the head of RF spectrum management organization in India since 2002.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with its headquarter in Geneva, is the oldest inter-governmental organisation. It was established in 1865. and after the UN came inot being, the ITU became part of the UN system to deal with all global telecom matters.

The ITU has three main sectors, viz. (1) Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R); (2) Telecom Standardisation Sector (ITU-T) and (3) Telecom Development Sector (ITU-D). These three sectors have their own Sectt. or Bureau, besides General Sectt. of ITU.

The ITU-R is the most crucial sector because it also looks after the RF spectrum management issues, including international Radio Regulations, which govern the use of various radio frequency bands for different services and applications. With trend of the modern telecom towards mobility with ever increasing data rates, the pressures on limited spectrum resource are increasing every day. New technologies compete with each other and with existing services/ applications for spectrum. The spectrum allocations for new technologies are decided by the World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs) in the form of amendments/ additions to the Radio Regulation provisions.

The Radio Reguations Board (RRB) is a crucial part of the ITU-R sector, which decides the Rules of Procedures for implementing various provisions of Radio Regulations, which are not in a position to be implemented by the Sectt/ Bureau of ITU-R in a straight forward manner. The 12 Member RRB is an elected body, represnting the ITU member countries, to decide upon such unresolved issues/ ambiguities, as well as to decide disputes, if any, between countries on the use of radio frequencies. Thus, the board functions have judicial connotation also. The Board meets once a quarter (for one week each time) and also during major Conferences of ITU-R, like WRCs.

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