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Study Group 3 at a glance

​ITU-T Study Group 3 - Tariff and accounting principles including related telecommunication economic and policy issues

Study Group 3 provides a unique global forum to improve the understanding of the financial and economic aspects associated with the growth of ICT, particularly with respect to the shift to IP-based and NGN/Future Networks and the exponential rise in mobile wireless communications.  The traditional mandate of SG3, which continues today, dates back to the early days of the International Telegraph Union (in the 1800s) in terms of interconnection, the improvement of daily operations and the settlement of accounts. The membership of SG3 is diverse and includes Member States as well as service providers (Sector Members), Academia Members and international organizations (such as the World Trade Organization (WTO)).
Examples of organizations currently active in the work of the group include:
SG3 is responsible for studies relating to tariff and accounting matters (including costing methodologies) for international telecommunications services. It also studies related telecommunications accounting, economic and policy issues. SG3 is the home for ITU-T D-Series Recommendations (available here). 
The needs of developing countries are an important focus of the group. In particular, an Ad-Hoc Group on developing country issues meets at every meeting of SG3. In addition, regional groups play a key role across the globe for the development of regional tariff policy and cost models. There are 4 regional groups for SG3: SG3RG-AFR (Africa), SG3RG-AO (Asia and Oceania), SG3RG-ARB (Arab States), and SG3RG-LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean).  These regional groups meet at least once a year and are preceded by tutorials and seminars on costs and tariffs, in collaboration with the ITU-D.

Work highlights
In May 2013, SG3 approved a number of new supplements to Recommendations, including on international internet connectivity, on credit management and fraud mitigation for international telecommunication services.
During the 2009-2012 Study Period, one of the main highlights was the development of a new Recommendation ITU-T D.98 on mobile roaming tariffs.  Furthermore, a revised Recommendation ITU-T D.195 shortened the time-scale for the settlement of accounts for international telecommunication services. A new supplement to Recommendation ITU-T D.211 covering the termination of international short message service (SMS) was also approved.
The mandate of SG3 is broad and complex. The group is tackling a growing number of issues, notably in light of the outcomes of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) and World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12). 
These include, inter alia:

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