The ITU Radiocommunication Sector is one of the three sectors of the International Telecommunication Union and is responsible for radio communication.
Its role is to manage the international radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbit resources and to develop standards for radiocommunication systems with the objective of ensuring the effective use of the spectrum.
ITU is required, according to its Constitution, to allocate spectrum and register frequency allocation, orbital positions and other parameters of satellites, â€œin order to avoid harmful interference between radio stations of different countriesâ€. The international spectrum management system is therefore based on regulatory procedures for frequency coordination, notification and registration.
ITU-R has a permanent secretariat, the Radiocommunication Bureau, based at the ITU HQ in Geneva, Switzerland. The elected Director of the Bureau is Mr. FranÃ§ois Rancy of France. First elected by the ITU Membership to the Directorship in 2010.