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International Telecommunications Regulations

International Telecommunications Regulations

The International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) constitute an international treaty covering the provision and operation of international telecommunication services offered to the public as well as the underlying international telecommunication transport infrastructure used to provide such services.

The ITRs were last amended at the World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Melbourne, 1988).  This conference was renamed at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2002 as the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). The next WCIT is scheduled for 2012 as set out in ITU Resolution 146 (Antalya, 2006).

It is important to ensure that the ITRs are reviewed and, if deemed appropriate, revised and updated in a timely manner in order to facilitate cooperation and coordination among Member States and to reflect accurately the relations between Member States, Sector Members, administrations and recognized operating agencies.

Resolution 146 (Antalya, 2006) resolves that the fourth WTPF should consider emerging telecommunications policy and regulatory issues, with respect to international telecommunication networks and services, for the purpose of understanding them and possibly developing opinions as appropriate. The WTPF should prepare reports and, where appropriate, opinions for consideration by Member States, Sector Members, relevant ITU meetings and the Council.  The World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) has historically provided an appropriate venue for discussing global and cross-sectoral issues of high concern to the ITU membership.

Selected online resources and policy papers

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