Meeting of Signatories and intended Signatories
(Geneva, 3-4 April 1997)
Information Document 5-E
3 April 1997
Chairman of ITU-D GMPCS Group of Experts
PROVISIONAL CHECK LIST
The World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) decided in its
Opinion 5 that a group of experts be established having among
other tasks to prepare a checklist of factors which developing
countries may take into account in the process of introducing
GMPCS services. In so doing the WTPF urged:
- GMPCS system operators and service providers to consider including
as part of their corporate mission the commitment to offer their
services as a further means to contribute to the attainment by
developing countries of the goal of universal access;
- GMPCS system operators, gateway operators, and service providers
to take reasonable steps to ensure that their access and utilization
charges are set at a level that would make this service as widely
utilized as possible including in rural and remote areas and areas
lacking conventional infrastructure in developing countries, taking
into account the cost of providing service and the economic situation
in developing countries;
- GMPCS system operators consider providing some capacity at
reasonable cost in support of service provision to areas lacking
conventional infrastructure in developing countries;
- GMPCS gateway operators to consider offering transport tariffs
at reasonable cost in support of service provision to rural and
remote areas in developing countries.
The following checklist is intended to be of assistance to national
regulators when defining, within their national regulatory regime,
their position in relation to GMPCS systems in general or when
negotiating with a given GMPCS system operator. It should be
employed in the context of the voluntary principles contained
in Opinion 2, and be based on the results of ongoing ITU activities,
in particular those listed in Opinion 3 and on the GMPCS MoU and
the related arrangements to which administrations should be party.
In addition, part of the developing countries, Members of the
ITU, are committed to a variety of issues contained in this checklist,
through agreements relating to satellite communications and the
agreement concluded in WTO on telecommunication services. Application
of the checklist has to take account of the fact that there are
differences between GMPCS systems and that they are not applicable
in every case.
- Universal service: role of a GMPCS system in the provision
of universal service.
- Affordable prices: what parameters should be taken into account
- prices of proposed services to be considered as being at a
level to make the services as widely utilized as possible,
- costs that affect the affordability of the service such as:
- interconnection charges
- reasonable transit charges, if applicable
- other government charges.
- Global service and roaming availability: the extent to which
the introduction of a given GMPCS will permit a world-wide or
regional use and roaming, as well as dual operation (space and
- Matters relating to the MoU:
- take account of the results of the MoU on type approval, certification,
mutual recognition, provision of access to traffic data
- ensure that the GMPCS system operator is signatory of the
- Interconnection matters: Are there technical and/or operational
limitations that would prevent interconnection, and what steps
must be taken to resolve them?
- Numbering: What steps must be taken to implement the internationally
agreed numbering scheme for GMPCS systems?
- On the basis of Principle 4 contained in Opinion 2, relating
to a transparent and non-discriminatory licensing process and
taking account of:
- the license/authorization delivered by the ITU Member to the
GMPCS operator for the space segment,
- the coordination agreements reached in respect to the system
- the frequency spectrum availability
- any transitional arrangements, if any, for the use of frequencies
with respect to existing and planned services,
- the probability of interference cases,
consider matters relating to licensing and to any related licensing
- user terminal
- service providers.
- Consider the extent to which a system can prevent and/or identify
unauthorized uses, means for identifying them, their impact on
PSTN and other telecommunication service providers, and the resulting
loss of revenue for the operators concerned.
- Consider the impact of the operation of GMPCS systems on existing
telecommunication networks and services and on their revenues.
- Consider competition matters between GMPCS systems and existing
telecommunication networks and services and between GMPCS systems
and ensure that no anti-competitive action is taken by any of
11. Consider the extent to which GMPCS system operators offer
opportunities to participate in ownership.
12. Consider the extent to which GMPCS systems are able to provide
for privacy and security of communications.
13. Consider the extent to which the GMPCS system is responsive
to communications reqirements in cases of emergency.
14. Ability of the GMPCS operator to provide locally transfer
of know-how on technical, operational and managerial matters.