This revision of the Radio Regulations, complementing the Constitution and the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union, incorporates the decisions of the World Radiocommunication Conferences of 1995 (WRC-95), 1997 (WRC-97), 2000 (WRC-2000), 2003 (WRC-03), 2007 (WRC-07) and 2012 (WRC-12) . The majority of the provisions of these Regulations shall enter into force as from 1 January 2005; the remaining provisions shall apply as from the special dates of application indicated in Article 59 of the revised Radio Regulations.
In preparing the Radio Regulations, edition of 2012, the Secretariat corrected the typographical errors that were drawn to the attention of WRC-12 and which were approved by WRC-12.
With respect to Article numbers, this edition follows the standard sequential numbering. The Article numbers are not followed by any abbreviation (such as “(WRC-97)”, “(WRC-2000)” or “(WRC-03)”). Consequently, any reference to an Article, in any of the provisions of these Radio Regulations (e.g. in No. 13.1 of Article 13), in the texts of the Appendices as contained in Volume 2 of this edition (e.g. in § 1 of Appendix 2), in the texts of the Resolutions included in Volume 3 of this edition (e.g. in Resolution 1 (Rev.WRC-97)), and in the texts of the Recommendations included in Volume 3 of this edition (e.g. in Recommendation 8), is considered as a reference to the text of the concerned Article which appears in this edition, unless otherwise specified.
With respect to provision numbers in Articles, this edition continues to use composite numbers indicating the number of the Article and the provision number within that Article (e.g. No. 9.2B means provision No. 2B of Article 9). The abbreviation “(WRC-03)”, “(WRC-2000)” or “(WRC-97)” at the end of such a provision means that the relevant provision was modified or added by WRC‑03, by WRC-2000 or by WRC-97, as applicable. The absence of an abbreviation at the end of the provision means that the provision is identical with the provision of the simplified Radio Regulations as approved by WRC-95, and whose complete text was contained in Document 2 of WRC-97.
With respect to Appendix numbers, this edition follows the standard sequential numbering, with the addition of the appropriate abbreviation after the Appendix number (such as “(WRC‑97)”, “(WRC-2000)” or “(WRC-03)”), where applicable. As a rule, any reference to an Appendix, in any of the provisions of these Radio Regulations, in the texts of the Appendices as contained in Volume 2 of this edition, in the texts of the Resolutions and of the Recommendations included in Volume 3 of this edition, is presented in the standard manner (e.g. “Appendix 30 (Rev.WRC-03)”) if not explicitly described in the text (e.g. Appendix 4 as modified by WRC-03). In the texts of Appendices that were partially modified by WRC-03, the provisions that were modified by WRC-03 are indicated with the abbreviation “(WRC-03)” at the end of the concerned text.
Abbreviations have generally been used for the names of World Administrative Radio Conferences (WARC) and World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC). These abbreviations are shown below.
|WARC Mar||World Administrative Radio Conference to Deal with Matters Relating tothe Maritime Mobile Service (Geneva, 1967)|
|WARC-71||World Administrative Radio Conference for Space Telecommunications (Geneva, 1971)|
|WMARC-74||World Maritime Administrative Radio Conference (Geneva, 1974)|
|WARC SAT-77||World Broadcasting-Satellite Administrative Radio Conference (Geneva, 1977)|
|WARC-Aer2||World Administrative Radio Conference on the Aeronautical Mobile (R) Service (Geneva, 1978)|
|WARC-79||World Administrative Radio Conference (Geneva, 1979)|
|WARC Mob-83||World Administrative Radio Conference for the Mobile Services (Geneva, 1983)|
|WARC HFBC-84||World Administrative Radio Conference for the Planning of the HF Bands Allocated to the Broadcasting Service (Geneva, 1984)|
|WARC Orb-85||World Administrative Radio Conference on the Use of the Geostationary-Satellite Orbit and the Planning of Space Services Utilising It (First Session Geneva, 1985)|
|WARC HFBC-87||World Administrative Radio Conference for the Planning of the HF Bands Allocated to the Broadcasting Service (Geneva, 1987)|
|WARC Mob-87||World Administrative Radio Conference for the Mobile Services (Geneva, 1987)|
|WARC Orb-88||World Administrative Radio Conference on the Use of the Geostationary-Satellite Orbit and the Planning of Space Services Utilising It (Second Session Geneva, 1988)|
|WARC-92||World Administrative Radio Conference for Dealing with Frequency Allocations in Certain Parts of the Spectrum (Malaga-Torremolinos, 1992)|
|WRC-95||World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 1995)|
|WRC-97||World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 1997)|
|WRC-2000||World Radiocommunication Conference, (Istanbul 2000|
|WRC-03||World Radiocommunication Conference, (Geneva 2003)|
|WRC-07||World Radiocommunication Conference, (Geneva 2007)|
|WRC-12||World Radiocommunication Conference, (Geneva 2012)|
0.1 These Regulations are founded on the following principles:
0.2 Members shall endeavour to limit the number of frequencies and the spectrum used to the minimum essential to provide in a satisfactory manner the necessary services. To that end, they shall endeavour to apply the latest technical advances as soon as possible. (No. 195 of the Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992))
0.3 In using frequency bands for radio services, Members shall bear in mind that radio frequencies and the geostationary-satellite orbit are limited natural resources and that they must be used rationally, efficiently and economically, in conformity with the provisions of these Regulations, so that countries or groups of countries may have equitable access to both, taking into account the special needs of the developing countries and the geographical situation of particular countries. (No. 196 of the Constitution)
0.4 All stations, whatever their purpose, must be established and operated in such a manner as not to cause harmful interference to the radio services or communications of other administrations or of recognized operating agencies, or of other duly authorized operating agencies which carry on a radio service, and which operate in accordance with the provisions of these Regulations. (No. 197 of the Constitution)
0.5 With a view to fulfilling the purposes of the International Telecommunication Union set out in Article 1 of the Constitution, these Regulations have the following objectives:
0.6 to facilitate equitable access to and rational use of the natural resources of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite orbit;
0.7 to ensure the availability and protection from harmful interference of the frequencies provided for distress and safety purposes;
0.8 to assist in the prevention and resolution of cases of harmful interference between the radio services of different administrations;
0.9 to facilitate the efficient and effective operation of all radiocommunication services;
0.10 to provide for and, where necessary, regulate new applications of radiocommunication technology.
0.11 The application of the provisions of these Regulations by the International Telecommunication Union does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Union concerning the sovereignty or the legal status of any country, territory or geographical area.