ITU’s Administrative Regulations contain provisions of a technical nature governing international telecommunications. The purpose of the Regulations is to ensure the efficient operation of international telecommunication services. They complete the provisions of the Constitution and Convention and are binding on all Member States. This digital collection includes all editions of the various Regulations produced by ITU since 1865.
Radio Regulations, 1906-present (and Additional Radio Regulations, 1927-1979)
The purpose of the Radio Regulations is to ensure interference-free operations of radiocommunication systems and to provide ITU Member States with equitable access to the radio spectrum. The Additional Radio Regulations, in place from 1927 to 1979, contained supplementary instructions for radiotelegraph and radiotelephone communications.
A note on Radio Regulations publication type:
- Complete Edition: constitutes a full publication of the Radio Regulations
Appendix: some appendices were published as separate booklets and are intended to be used with specific editions of the Radio Regulations.
Update pages: update pages were issued between the publication of complete editions of the Radio Regulations and replace some pages in a specific edition.
Telegraph Regulations, 1865-1973 The Telegraph Regulations contained provisions which dealt with the international telegraph network and matters such as charging systems and the routing, transmission and delivery of telegrams.
Telephone Regulations, 1885-1973 The Telephone Regulations contained provisions which dealt with the international telephone network and matters such as methods of charging and international accounting.
International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), 1988-present In 1988, the Telegraph and Telephone Regulations were merged into a single set of regulations, the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). The ITRs define the general principles for the provision and operation of international telecommunications today.
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