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International Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Cairo, 1938)

1 February - 4 April 1938 - Cairo, Egypt

This was an administrative telegraph and telephone conference. It was held simultaneously with the first Administrative Radiocommunication Conference (Cairo, 1938) under the banner the International Telecommunication Conferences.

The unification of Extra-European rates for telegraph services was discussed and a sub-committee consisting of ITU members, representatives from private companies and one representative from the International Chamber of Commerce was created. The sub-committee was unable to come to an agreement and none of the proposals put forward received majority support; therefore the status quo was maintained. It was decided that the Telegraph Consultative Committee (CCIF) would study the issues of rates and the equivalence of rates in gold francs. They would present a report at the next conference.

The unification of code and plain language rates for telegrams within the European regime was adopted. The new fixed rate for coded telegrams was changed to 92% of the existing rate of plain language telegrams.

The Telephone Regulations were modified to include the establishment of “reversed-call charges” and “urgent aircraft calls.” Urgent aircraft calls would be given priority over all other types of calls except urgent government calls.

It was decided that henceforth the telephone regulations would be published as a separate document from the telegraph regulations.

The Telegraph Consultative Committee (CCIT) was reorganized and would function similarly to the Telephone Consultative Committee (CCIF). The CCIT would, from now on, be charged with the study of rate questions submitted to it by a plenipotentiary or administrative conference. In addition, it would set up a class system similar to the Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR).
International Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Cairo, 1938)
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Telegraph Regulations (Cairo, 1938)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Telephone Regulations (Cairo, 1938)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Réglement télégraphique (Caire, 1938)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Règlement téléphonique (Caire, 1938)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documents de la Conférence télégraphique et téléphonique internationale (Caire, 1938): Tome I(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documents de la Conférence télégraphique et téléphonique internationale (Caire, 1938): Tome II(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)


H.E. Hassan Sabri Pasha, Minister of Communications (Egypt)

Countries participating


List of participants

Liste des participants de la Conférence télégraphique et téléphonique internationale (Caire, 1938)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

Further Reading

"Les Conférences télégraphique, téléphonique et des radiocommunications du Caire : l'inauguration solennelle." Journal des télécommunications 5, no. 2 (1938): 49-53.(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Les Conférences internationales des télécommunications du Caire." Journal des télécommunications 5, no. 4 (1938): 109-110.(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

Library Catalogue

  • Link to the Library Catalogue (Cairo, 1938)