(modified former Question 1/3-B)
The topic of accounting rate reform has been studied in the past, with
agreements reached regarding certain changes. However, there is a need to
continue studies, taking into account the continuing technical, policy, and
regulatory evolution of the telecommunication sector. High priority should be
given to find additional tools and ways to implement existing Recommendations
and to improve the current accounting rate system. In particular, new
remuneration systems should be studied.
Other items to be studied under this Question are the charging and accounting
principles of the mobile telephone services (including termination charge) and
the review of current recommendations on traditional services (excluding packet
Development of charging and accounting/settlement mechanisms for international
telecommunications services, other than those studied in Question 1/3, including
adaptation of existing D-series Recommendations to the evolving user needs.
The study should cover all international telecommunication services not covered
in Question 1/3. In studying this Question, special explicit considerations
should be given to the needs of developing countries, and in particular to the
least developed countries.
In this context, the international and/or regional aspects of the following
topics should be included:
- mobile communications;
- mobile termination rate;
- fixed termination rate;
- flat rate for mobile;
- flat rate for fixed;
- flat rate for fixed to mobile and vice-versa;
- accounting rates for fixed;
- settlement rates for fixed;
- alternative accounting procedures (e.g. changes in deadlines for
- mobile roaming;
- tariff issues for cross-border connectivity for mobile;
- tariff issues for Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging
- leased line tariff;
- transit traffic;
- alternative calling procedures (e.g. call-back, re-file);
- guidelines based on international and regional practices for resolution of
disputes regarding charging (e.g. duration, origin of traffic, etc.);
- accounting and settlement procedures, including their evolution.
Other topics may be studied as appropriate, based on contributions.
- Relevant ITU-T Study Groups
- ITU-D SG 1 and 2