International Telecommunications Regulations
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.