APWPT Statement on the World Radiocommunication Conference 2023
APWPT, Association of Professional Wireless Production Technologies, is looking forward to the World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) with great concern. At the next World Radiocommunication Conference in autumn 2023, there is another threat of a decision to further reduce the radio frequencies that are absolutely necessary for education, art, culture and event production.
Due to the decisions of previous World Radiocommunication Conferences, we have already lost the 700 MHz and 800 MHz frequency ranges. To compensate, art, culture and the creative industries had to make considerable investments. This was a task that was hardly feasible, especially for small organizations.
Now we are facing a new, almost unsolvable problem – the further loss of further radio spectrum would, especially in conurbations, jeopardize future daytime productions and, in addition, the implementation of major events that are very much desired by politicians. This is a business or organizational problem that probably can’t be solved by investment.
Any change to the existing regulations currently under discussion would have extremely negative consequences. Note: the loss of 600 MHz should not be “trivialized”.
It must be ensured that broadcasting, education, art, media, film, culture and event production can use sufficiently interference-free frequencies between 470 and 694 MHz on a permanent basis.
We therefore strongly advocate the retention of the existing and proven system and advocate a no-change for the use of 470 – 694 MHz at WRC23.
If you are looking to contact the APWPT’s WRC team, you can reach us at: wrc(at)apwpt.org.