Cablegate: Canada Supports U.S. Positions for World

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 146062

1. Canada will support U.S positions on Agenda items 1.5 and
1.24 at the World Radiocommunication Conference. According
to Industry Canada's Director for Terrestrial Engineering
Doug Sward, Canada has been on board with these two issues
throughout their preparations for the Conference. Sward will
join Industry Canada's Director General for Spectrum Engineer
Bob McCaughern, who is already in Geneva, at the WRC.

2. Despite their support, Sward stated that the GOC did not
agree with the U.S. suggestion that technical and operating
restrictions on the mobile devices used in wireless access
systems proposed in Agenda item 1.5 would protect radar
operations and systems in the earth exploration satellite
service. A Canadian study, which is supported by results
from the EU, indicates that the restrictions would protect
air, maritime and ground-based radar, but would only
mitigate, and not fully protect, radar systems in the earth
exploration satellite services. Sward noted that this was
not a major point since other criteria will protect earth
exploration satellites, but one that he thought deserved

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