WRC–2003 Preparations Off and Running
By Karl Nebbia

One of the final actions of each International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) is to draft the agenda for the following conference. WRC-2000 set forth an optimistic agenda, including 39 separate items in addition to several standing agenda items. Within days of the close of WRC-2000, the work plan had been organized, assigning study responsibilities including creating three new joint task groups, organization of the conference preparatory report, and reconstituting the Special Committee on Regulatory and Procedural Matters.

Three of the regional organizations quickly held meetings to organize work for WRC-2003. These three groups have now appointed chairmen to lead their efforts. We are privileged to have these experienced gentlemen leading the way toward another successful radiocommunication conference. Their challenge is great. We wish them the best in their efforts.

Girouard Leads CITEL

Marc Girouard from Canada has taken the lead for the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL). Mr. Girouard holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is currently Manager, Radio Equipment Standards, in the Spectrum Engineering Branch of Industry Canada, Government of Canada, where he is responsible for the radio standards used to certify radiocommunications equipment in Canada. Mr. Girouard has authored and presented papers on interference analysis to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers conferences. His international activities include contributions to and participation in the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and CITEL. From 1997 to 2000, he was Vice-Chairman of the CITEL PCC-III working group for the preparation of WRCs.

Rancy Heads CEPT

The chair of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications (CEPT) group is François Rancy of France. Mr. Rancy is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (1977) and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Paris (1979). Since 1979, he has worked in satellite communications and frequency management at CNET (National Center for Telecommunications studies, research center of France Telecom). In 1988, he became the head of the Radio System Department of the Satellite Communications System Group in CNET where he was responsible for TELECOM 2 system studies, international satellite organizations activities (INTELSAT, INMARSAT, EUTELSAT), TELECOM 12 frequency coordination activities, satellite regulatory/standardization activities (ITU-R, European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and frequency activities. In 1990, he began participating in ITU-R Study Groups (SGs) 4 and 10-11. Since 1993, he has led the French preparation for ITU-R study groups and the Radiocommunication Assembly, directly participating in SGs 4 and 10-11. He also became the head of the Radiocommunications Frequency Bureau, France Télécom (coordination of spectrum issues within the France Télécom Group) and, in 1994, the head of the Radiocommunications and Frequency Management Group (RGF) at CNET. Since 1997, he has been the Director of the Spectrum Planning and International Affairs, Agence Nationale des Fréquences, responsible for the studies relating to technical, economic, and planning concerning the use of frequencies in France and preparation and coordination of the French positions in international fora dealing with frequency spectrum issues. Within CEPT, he has been involved in WRC issues since 1992, vice-chair of the Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) since 1996, chair of Project Team CPG/PT1 in 1996-1997, and chair of project team SE16 since 1993.

Agarwal Chairs APT

R. N. Agarwal of India is the Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) CPG. He graduated from University of Roorkee, India, with a major in telecommunications engineering and joined the Ministry of Communications in 1963. He has served as Senior Expert in Spectrum Management in the ITU. Mr. Agarwal participated in many international conferences and meetings and has been the chairman of various committees of the ITU and APT. He served as chairman of the ITU Special Committee on Radio Regulatory Matters. The ITU awarded Mr. Agarwal the Diploma of Recognition for his outstanding contributions to the ITU-R. Mr. Agarwal is currently the Wireless Adviser to the Government of India, Ministry of Communications in New Delhi and the Head of the Spectrum Management and Radio Regulatory Authority. The 1998 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference elected Mr. Agarwal to the Radio Regulations Board (RRB). He served as President of the RRB in 2000.

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