For continuous communication and for making sure that the operations of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), radio and satellite communication is important thereby protecting lives at the sea.
At the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) that was held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, IMO has come with the message that the maritime radiocommunication services’ integrity is to be protected.
The radio spectrum usage that is allocated to the present and the future maritime radiocommunication services needs to be safeguarded.
The Iridium Satellite system that will introduced in the GMDSS is to be supported and that is an important element on the WRC 19 agenda. This has to done by taking up regulatory measures by 1 January 2020 to make sure full protection and the availability of the frequency bands that Iridium will use for the provision of GMDSS services.
The regulation of automatic marine radio devices and the changes of the Radio Regulations so as to include new spectrum allocations to the maritime mobile satellite service which enables a new VHF data exchange system satellite component are some of the other items along with others