(modified former Question 2/3)
The economic and policy environment for international telecommunication
services continues to evolve rapidly along with the regulatory environment.
Developments of national and international scope require operators and
administrations to keep under study the implications for international
accounting and settlements arrangements, including development of appropriate
We should expect increasing emphasis on policy and economic issues that need
to be addressed in reviewing the D-Series recommendations. Recommendations or
other policy positions must be developed which can be widely implemented and
accepted, so as to fulfil the ITU’s basic task of promoting regional and
international network development.
In addition, during this period, Study Group 3 will be expected to contribute
to discussions on review of the International Telecommunication Regulations, and
on the handling of policy issues generally.
Study of economic and policy factors relevant to the efficient provision of
international telecommunication services.
The study under this question should cover general principles and
considerations that may apply to all international telecommunication services.
Outputs could include Recommendations and/or Supplements to facilitate the
application of Recommendations or implementation of general principles of
transparency, non-discrimination, cost-orientation and efficient development of
In studying this Question, special explicit considerations should be given to
the needs of developing countries and in particular to the least developing
In this context, the international and/or regional aspects of the following
topics should be included:
- Policy and economic issues
- Network externalities
- Universal service obligations
- Impact of the choice of accounting rate currency
- Impact of convergence of services
- International Telecommunication Regulations
- Revenue protection mechanisms
- Misuse of facilities and services (see WTSA Resolution 20)
- Financial aspects of network security
Other topics may be studied as appropriate, based on contributions.
- Relevant ITU-T Study Groups
- ITU-D SG 1 and 2