Standards organizations

Agenda for the Plenary Thursday

1. Opening of Plenary

2. COM 5 Chairman: Approval of Resolution 1, B-1, CAN-1 and Recommendation ITU-T A.5 and closing remarks

4.35

Resolution 1 - Rules of procedure of the ITU Telecommunication
Standardization Sector (ITU-T)

Doc116

4.55

Draft New Resolution [B-1]: Acknowledging the active involvement of the membership in the development of ITU-T deliverables

4.56

Draft New Resolution [CAN-1]: Strengthening Collaboration

4.58

Recommendation ITU-T A.5: Generic procedures for including references to documents of other organizations in ITU‑T Recommendations

[Revised] Draft new resolution: International Telecommunication Service Traffic Termination and Exchange

Summary: 

This is a revised version of the original document.

DRAFT NEW RESOLUTION

International Telecommunication Service Traffic Termination and Exchange

The World Conference on International Telecommunications (Dubai, 2012)

considering that

a) the transition from the dedicated phone and data networks to converged IP-based networks raises regulatory, technical and economic issues which need to be taken into consideration;

b) many Member States have expressed a need for the initiation and implementation of commercial agreements between authorized operating agencies and service providers of international services, with the objective of empowering all the participants in the new value chain;

c) concerns raised regarding the development of IP interconnection to maintain investment to satisfy future demand,

noting that

a) some Member States are observing a deterioration in the quality of international services and voice traffic;

b) ITU-T Study Group 3 is mandated to study the development of recommendations, resolutions and guidelines related to these issues;

[Revised] Draft International Telecommunication Regulations

Summary: 

This is the first revision of this document. Changes include:

* A new article 3.9
* A new article 6.X
* Some minor editorial changes

INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION REGULATIONS

PREAMBLE

While the sovereign right of each State to regulate its telecommunications is fully recognized, the provisions of the present International Telecommunication Regulations (hereafter referred to as “Regulations”) complement the Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union, with a view to attaining the purposes of the International Telecommunication Union in promoting the development of telecommunication services and their most efficient operation while harmonizing the development of facilities for world-wide telecommunications.

[While implementing these Regulations Member States shall take into account their international obligations in relation to universal human rights].

Article 1

Purpose and Scope of the Regulations

1.1 a) These Regulations establish general principles which relate to the provision and operation of international telecommunication services offered to the public as well as to the underlying international telecommunication transport means used to provide such services.

Compilation of proposals discussed in Committee 5

The document is a compilation of the draft text that have been discussed and consolidated through the work of the various Ad Hoc Groups, Working Group 1 and 2 and Committee 5.

Article 3

International Network

28 3.1 Members shall endeavour to ensure that [administrations] cooperate in the establishment, operation and maintenance of the international network to provide a satisfactory quality of service.

29 3.2 [Administrations] [Member States] shall endeavour to ensure the provision of sufficient telecommunication facilities to meet the demand for international telecommunication services.

30 3.3 [Operating Agencies] shall determine by mutual agreement which international routes are to be used. [Member States may seek information on the international route of their traffic, where [technically, financially and legally] feasible. Member States shall cooperate - consistent with their national laws [and respective international obligations] - to provide this information to the Member State concerned].

Draft International Telecommunication Regulations

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INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION
REGULATIONS

PREAMBLE

1 While the sovereign right of each State to regulate its telecommunications is fully recognized, the provisions of the present International Telecommunication Regulations (hereafter referred to as “Regulations”) complement the Constitutiona and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union, with a view to attaining the purposes of the International Telecommunication Union in promoting the development of telecommunication services and their most efficient operation while harmonizing the development of facilities for world-wide telecommunications. [While implementing these Regulations Member States shall take into account their international obligations in relation to universal human rights].

Article 1

Purpose and Scope of the Regulations

1.1 a) These Regulations establish general principles which relate to the provision and operation of international telecommunication services offered to the public as well as to the underlying international telecommunication transport means used to provide such services.

WCIT splits over the issue of "operating agencies"

Telecoms conference can't move forward until it's agreed who the regulations will actually apply to


Conference chair Mohamed Nasser Al-Ghanim has put forward a compromise solution - but level of ambiguity means it is unlikely to be agreed to

The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) has dramatically split and may grind to a halt until a key distinction over whom precisely the resulting international treaty apply to is decided.

At the heart of the issue is the term "operating agencies". Currently the international telecommunication regulations (ITRs) apply only to "recognized operating agencies" - and that means large telecoms operators in each country1.

Some countries want that term changed to just "operating agencies", which would mean the ITRs become applicable to a vastly larger number of groups - in fact, "any individual, company, corporation or governmental agency which operates a telecommunication installation".

Orientations for the review of the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR)

The Administration of the Russian Federation considers that the International Telecommunication Regulations need reviewing in order to take account of today's situation in this area on the international market for equipment and services.

To this end, we propose for consideration:

1) Basic orientations for review of the International Telecommunication Regulations.

2) Proposals for possible action in regard to WATTC-88 resolutions, recommendations and opinions.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

International Telecommunication Regulations

Resolutions, recommendations, opinions 3

Preamble 4

Art. 1 - Purpose and scope of the regulations 4

Art. 2 - Definitions 4

Art. 3 - International network 5

Art. 4 - International telecommunication services 5

Art. 5 - Safety of life and priority of telecommunications 5

Art. 6 - Charging and accounting 6

Art. 7 - Suspension of services 6

Art. 8 - Security of telecommunication facilities and services. Quality of telecommunication services 6

Art. 9 - Special arrangements 6

Draft Resolution on the agenda for the World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012

RESOLUTION XXX (Council 2010)

Agenda for the World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012

The ITU Council 2010 (Geneva, 2007),

considering

a) that, in accordance with No. 146 of the ITU Constitution, a world conference on international telecommunications may partially, or in exceptional cases, completely revise the International Telecommunication Regulations and may deal with any question of a worldwide character within its competence and related to its agenda.

b)that pursuant to No. 147of the Same Constitution, decisions of world conferences on international telecommunica­tions shall in all circumstances be in conformity with this Constitution and the Convention. When adopting resolutions and decisions, the con­ferences shall take into account the foreseeable financial implications and should avoid adopting resolutions and decisions which might give rise to expenditure in excess of the financial limits laid down by the Plenipotentiary Conference

recognizing

Proposal on third draft of the future ITRs


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During the 2nd meeting of the Arab States for the preparation of the WCIT-12, Doc. TD 54-Rev2 resulting from the CWG-WCIT12 seventh meeting in April 2012 was discussed and examined by the Arab Group with a view towards reconciling the differences in approaches.

As result of this examination and discussion and taking into account the various proposals of other Regional Groups (APT, ATU, CEPT, CITEL, RCC, etc.) and other membership; the following views and Modification of the ITRs provisions were endorsed by the meeting with the aim to reflect the Arab Region interests and at the same time converge with other membership proposals.

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