The Task Group Meeting
of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), that deals with Radio
Communications (ITU-R), opened in Bangalore this morning (January 6, 2000).
Inaugurating the task group meeting (1/5), Dr K Kasturirangan, Secretary,
Department of Space and Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation, recounted
the growth in telecommunications converting the world into a global village. He
said that, with the increased demand for communication services, it is
imperative to judiciously use the spectrum resource which is limited.
"There is no scope for wasting this precious natural resource and the
allocation of frequency band and its use must become even more efficient"
he said. While recognising the pressure for more spectrum allocation for
commercial services, Dr Kasturirangan said that such allocations are equally
important for scientific missions.