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ITU Radiocommunication Assembly
The ITU Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-15) — chaired by Akira Hashimoto — announced new directions in radiocommunications.

RA-15 approved resolutions to focus future studies and new radiocommunication techniques and applications.

IMT-2020 for 5G

RA-15 has established the processes for the development of IMT-2020 – the next-generation 5G mobile system – as an extension of ITU’s existing standards for International Mobile Telecommunication systems (IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced), which serve as the basis for 3G and 4G mobile systems.

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), during 2-27 November, will address the needs for additional spectrum to support IMT mobile broadband.

Internet of Things (IoT)

RA-15 recognized the globally connected world of the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and its applications, including machine-to-machine (M2M) networks, smart cities and Ubiquitous Sensor Networks (USN).

The ITU Radiocommunication Assembly said the number of IoT applications may require enhanced transmission speed, device connectivity, and energy efficiency to accommodate the huge data among devices.

There will be studies on the technical and operational aspects of radio networks and systems for IoT in collaboration with ITU-T and relevant standards development organizations.

Small satellites

There will be focus on development of material, such as Recommendations (standards), Reports, and a Handbook on small satellites, to enhance knowledge of the procedures for submitting filings of satellite networks to ITU.


Recognizing the needs of persons with disabilities and persons with specific needs, RA-15 asked ITU-R to continue studies and research related to accessibility in the development of devices and applications while promoting compatibility of new technologies.

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