ITR article
United States

Telecommunication: Any transmission, emission or reception of signs, signals, writing, images and sounds or intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, optical or other electromagnetic systems.


The current definition of telecommunications is technology neutral and it should remain that way to ensure that the ITRs are a flexible and enduring treaty. This definition is also contained in CS No. 1012 and any attempt to revise these definitions would be in conflict with the provisions of the basic instrument of the ITU. Any attempt to amend substantially the definition and define particular technologies and services would undermine the long-term stability of the ITRs by introducing concepts that may become irrelevant with future technological developments.

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