ITU-T

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)

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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

The highlights and low points of WCIT

It was both very fast and painfully slow. The key moments


Iran forces a vote, and presages the end of WCIT. Credit: ITU

One thing that everyone could agree on in the build-up to the World Conference on International Telecommunications was that anything could happen during the two weeks in Dubai.

The logic of forcing the world's governments into a box to rewrite a global treaty that has stood for 24 years in just 14 days may be questionable, but it definitely creates an event and along with that moments that stand out and set the general tone and atmosphere of the meeting itself.

Here are that main ones from WCIT 2012:


Highlights

Opening ceremony

[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;

WCIT petition attracts 500,000 online citizens


Half a million and counting...

More than a half a million people have signed an online petition calling on the ITU to reign in proposals that would given governments greater control over the Internet.

The 500,000 benchmark was reached at 7pm local time while attendees to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai reconvened for a night session where they hope to reach agreement on most changes to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs).

First series of texts submitted by editorial committee to the plenary meeting

Annex: 4 pages

NOC R1/46/1

INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION
REGULATIONS

NOC R1/46/2

Article 1

Purpose and Scope of the Regulations

NOC R1/46/3

Article 2

Definitions

NOC R1/46/4

13 For the purpose of these Regulations, the following definitions shall apply. These terms and definitions do not, however, necessarily apply for other purposes.

NOC R1/46/5

14 2.1 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.

NOC R1/46/6

Article 3

International Network

NOC R1/46/7

Article 4

International Telecommunication Services

NOC R1/46/8

Article 5

Safety of Life and Priority of Telecommunications

NOC R1/46/9

Article 7

Suspension of Services

MOD R1/46/10

[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.

Draft ITR text seeks role for ITU in Internet governance

Key concern of WCIT conference lives on

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is seeking to give itself a role in Internet governance, despite strong resistance and an earlier promise by its Secretary-General that it would not do so.

According to draft text of a revised version of the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), being discussed currently at the WCIT conference in Dubai, the ITU would take an "active and constructive role in the multi-stakeholder model of the Internet". The draft resolution also notes that "all governments should have an equal role and responsibility for international Internet governance".

Additionally, a proposed new article 3.8 argues that countries should have the choice to opt-out of the global Internet addressing system and "be able to manage the naming, numbering, addressing and identification resources used within their territories".

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].

Ad hoc group of Committee 5

ADD COM5-AHG/50/1

DRAFT NEW RESOLUTION

Regular review of the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs)

The World Conference on International Telecommunications (Dubai, 2012),

considering

a) that the Council Working Group to prepare the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) has held extensive discussions on the ITRs;

b) that there have been wide consultations in all ITU regions, involving ITU Member States, ITU Sector Members, Associates and Academia and Civil Society groups, showing great interest in the revision of the ITRs;

c) that many input documents have been submitted by the ITU membership;

d) the outcome of the WCIT-12,

recognizing

a) Article 25 of the ITU Constitution;

b) Provision 48 (Article 3) of the ITU Convention;

c) that the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) is one of the pillars supporting the ITU’s mission;

d) the 24 years passed between the approval of the ITRs and its review at this Conference;

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.

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