European operators will discuss upcoming revisions to the treaty that governs international telecommunications at a joint ITU and ETNO
event in Brussels next week.
The meeting will discuss preparation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12
) which will be held in Dubai, 3-14 December.
ITU representatives will describe the mechanisms for input into the WCIT process and some of the emerging themes. An open discussion will follow to allow industry to present its views.
WCIT-12 will review the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), the international treaty which is widely credited for creating the basis of today's connected world, thus the international regulatory framework governing all ICT technologies. The ITRs opened the door in the 1990s for mobile and the Internet.
WCIT-12 will express the common will of ITU's major stakeholders - its government and private sector membership - including many of ETNO's membership. Meetings such as this, as well as ITU's formal Council Working Group
and the other regional preparatory meetings
are part of an ongoing process to ask for input and feedback from all stakeholders.
Some of the proposals currently being discussed by ITU membership, governments and private sector companies from around the world, include the right to communicate; security in the use of ICTs and the protection of national resources; taxation, roaming; misuse and hijacking of international numbers and interoperability.
Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU: "a lot has changed since the ITRs were adopted in 1988. I think we can all agree that this conference comes at a time when the technology is having a major impact on economic and social development. WCIT represents an opportunity for all stakeholders to work together to extend the benefits of ICTs to all the worlds citizens".
For more information on the event - Revising the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) - Preparations for WCIT 2012 - and registration details see here