13th August 2001
Ref.: CL/M/ /01
REVISION OF THE STOCKHOLM
61 (ST61) AND THE GENEVA 89 (GE89) REGIONAL AGREEMENTS FOR DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL
I have the honour to refer to the ITU circular letter No. 129 of reference
CEC/DS/eb dated 18/07/2001 on the subject "Planning of Terrestrial Broadcasting
in the VHF and UHF Bands" addressed to all its Member States.
One of the objectives of the ATU enshrined in the Constitution (Cape Town,
1999) reads, " To co-ordinate the strategies and positions of Member States
in preparation for and at international meetings".
At the moment the ITU is organising a series of consultations with its Member
States in the African Broadcasting Area, the European Broadcasting area and
Neighbouring Countries in order to establish planning area(s) of future Regional
Radiocommunication Conference(s) (RRC). ITU Council identified the following
a) Convening of a RRC for the European Broadcasting Area only, as specified
in Resolution 1185 (Annex 1 to this Circular-letter);
b) Convening of a RRC for the same purposes as those set out in Resolution
1185 but for the planning area of the Geneva-1989 Agreement only;
c) Convening of a RRC for the same purposes as those set out in Resolution
1185 but for the combined planning areas of the ST61 and GE89 Agreements;
d) Convening of a RRC for the same purposes as those set out in Resolution
1185 but for a planning area extended beyond the European Broadcasting Area
to neighbouring countries and territories that are not currently defined as
part of the European Broadcasting Area. On a provisional basis, and subject
to further additions, the Council included the following countries and territories
in this list: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation (that part of the territory which lies outside
the European Broadcasting Area), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.;
e) Convening of a RRC for the same purposes as those set out in Resolution
1185 but for a planning area extended beyond the planning area of the Geneva-1989
Agreement to neighbouring countries and territories not currently defined as
part of the planning area of the Geneva-1989 Agreement;
f) Convening of a RRC for the same purposes as those set out in Resolution
1185 but for the combined planning areas of the ST61 and GE89 Agreements, suitably
extended to neighbouring countries and territories that are not currently defined
as part of the European Broadcasting Area or of the planning area of the Geneva-1989
Agreement. On a provisional basis, and subject to further additions, the Council
included the following countries and territories in this list: Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation (that part of the territory
which lies outside the European Broadcasting Area), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
In the interest of Africa, the options that combine the African Broadcasting
Area with the European Broadcasting Area are the best because of the following
technical and economic reasons:
- The combination eliminates the need for frequency spectrum co-ordination
between the two zones;
- The European Broadcasting Area is technologically more advanced and hence
the countries in the African Broadcasting Area stand to gain if the two zones
were in one planning area and hence undertake planning process in one combined
- The cost of convening one conference for the combined areas is less than holding
two conferences for the two planning areas and hence all Member States should
take advantage of this fact.
- One planning area for the two zones does not create a precedence because already
the two zones are in one planning area for the Geneva 84 FM Broadcasting Planning
Area and that this arrangement was agreed upon by the countries of the two zones
for their benefit.
In consideration of the above advantages, the best options for Africa are those
that have the combination strategies namely c), e) and
f) above. In this first ITU consultation the options given are
d), e) and f) and hence the best option for Africa now
is f). Therefore it is strongly recommended that all African Countries support
option f). The deadline set for responding to the first consultation is 31st
August 2001. In order to facilitate fast response to ITU by our African Administrations
we attach a draft reply to the ITU with a copy to ATU.
The above position is the same taken by African Councillors (your authorised
representatives) at the ITU Council Session this year and the ITU Secretariat
is consulting you as a stakeholder Member State if you agree with this position.
The ITU circular letter No. 129 and its annexes are posted in ATU website (www.atu-uat.org).
If you have not received the above circular letter from the ITU and in addition
you cannot download it please contact us by fax/phone/e-mail as soon as possible
so that we could send it to you by fax or e-mail.
We look forward to seeing that Africa has one voice on this subject and that
we are settling for one combined planning area for the two zones.
DRAFT LETTER TO BE INCORPORATED IN THE ADMINISTRATION'S LETTERHEAD
IN RESPONDING TO ITU CIRCULAR LETTER NO. 129 ON PLANNING OF TERRESTRIAL BROADCASTING
IN THE VHF AND UHF BANDS
The Secretary General
International Telecommunication Union
Place des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 20
Fax: +41 22 730 5881
Tel: +41 22 730 5216
Attention: Mr. Dusan SCHUSTER,
PLANNING OF TERRESTRIAL BROADCSTING IN THE VHF AND UHF BANDS
Reference is made to your circular letter No. 129 of reference CEC/DS/eb dated
18/7/2001 in connection with the above subject.
As requested in item 4 of the above circular,
[Name of the Administration]
the Administration of
[Name of the country,
Member State of the ITU, represented by the Administration] supports the option
in item 2.6[ this is option f) of this letter]of the above circular letter that
combines African and European Broadcasting Areas and Neighbouring Countries.
Kindly let us know the evaluation of your first consultation with Member States
and furthermore send us your questionnnaire for the second consultation.
(Name of the Chief Executive Officer of the Administration)
(Signature of the CEO)
(Official Title and Stamp)
Copy to: Secretary General
African Telecommunication Union,
P O Box 35282
Fax: +254 2 219445
Tel: +254 2 216678
Attention: Mr. Gideon L Mwakatobe
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THE VHF AND UHF"