ITU is a world-wide organization which brings governments and
industry together to coordinate the establishment and operation of global
telecommunication networks and services; it is responsible for standardization,
coordination and development of international telecommunications including
radiocommunications, as well as the harmonization of national policies.
To fulfil its mission, ITU adopts international regulations
and treaties governing all terrestrial and space uses of the frequency spectrum
as well as the use of all satellite orbits which serve as a framework for
national legislations; it develops standards to foster the interconnection of
telecommunication systems on a worldwide scale regardless of the type of
technology used; it also fosters the development of telecommunications in
The Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) is the
development arm of the ITU, the main responsibility of which is to foster
telecommunication development in developing countries through policy advice,
provision of technical assistance, mobilization of resources and initiatives to
extend access and bridge the digital divide.