MUSCAT: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA – Oman) participated in the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC – 2015) held recently in Geneva.

The Omani delegation to the event was headed by H E Dr Hamed bin Salim al Rawahi. WRC reviews and revises the radio regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits.

TRA Oman delegation held a number of meetings on the sidelines of the conference with some of the participating delegations to discuss and promote cooperation in areas related to the development and support of the telecom sector. They included Pakistan and Iran and the discussions focused on the radio-frequency interference in some operating systems.

Eng Yousuf al Balushi currently holds the position of Oman TRA vice president for Spectrum Affairs. His previous experience includes working as Spectrum Management Unit executive manager since 2008 and the manager of Spectrum Allocation, Planning and Distribution since 2003.

Internationally he served as the conference vice chairman for reviewing Geneva Convention 1989 during the Radiocommunication Regional Conference (RRC-06). He was also elected to be part of the Advisory Group of the ITU during the period from 2007-11 and from 2007-15. Regionally he is the head of GCC group responsible for the WRC-07 preparation from 2007-11 and from 2012-15.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was established in 1865 and this year is celebrating its 150th anniversary. ITU coordinates the shared global use of the radiofrequency spectrum; promotes international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits; works to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world; and assists in the development and coordination of worldwide technical standards.

The Union is committed to connecting the world from broadband Internet to latest-generation wireless technologies, from aeronautical and maritime navigation to radio astronomy and satellite-based meteorology, from convergence in fixed-mobile phone, Internet access, data, voice and TV broadcasting to next-generation networks.