Transforming Economic Relationships in International Telecommunications
(3-5 December 1997)
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.
The Colloquiums main conclusion is that the accounting rate system, and the level
of accounting rates, is not the real problem: as the Chairmans
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 Chairmans 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. Tylers own
research and views, and are not products of the Colloquium discussions themselves.
- Chairmans Report
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