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Seventh Regulatory Colloquium

Transforming Economic Relationships in International Telecommunications
(3-5 December 1997)

Briefing Report

This Briefing Report was prepared for the seventh ITU Regulatory Colloquium, held at ITU Headquarters in Geneva on 3-5 December 1997. The topic of the Seventh Colloquium was a detailed examination of the present crisis in the international system by which payments are made between countries for international telecommunications services (known, for short, as the "accounting rate" problem). The Colloquium examined in detail alternatives to the present system as well as means by which the system may be adjusted to reflect current realities.

  • Online version: The Briefing Report will be available in the ITU Electronic Bookshop in March/April 1998.

  • Paperback version is available by filling out an order form and sending it back to us.

Chairman's Report

The Colloquium’s main conclusion is that the accounting rate system, and the level of accounting rates, is not the real problem: as the Chairman’s Report indicates, the real problem is the lack of telecommunications development in many countries due to such causes as inadequate investment, inefficient pricing policies, monopolistic industry structures, and a lack of clear and effective regulation.

The results of the Seventh Colloquium are reflected in the Chairman’s Report by Mr. Leive. The Report describes the consensus of the participants on the principal issues discussed, but does not represent individual participants’ views.

This publication also includes the executive summary (Rev.) of the Briefing Report prepared by an independent consultant, Michael Tyler, which was presented to the Colloquium in draft form to serve as a basis of the discussions. The full Briefing Report will be translated and distributed to all administrations later this winter. Both the executive summary and the Briefing Report reflect Mr. Tyler’s own research and views, and are not products of the Colloquium discussions themselves.



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