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World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Geneva, 1973)
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WATTC-73

World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Geneva, 1973)

2 April - 11 April 1973 - Geneva, Switzerland

The 1973 World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (WATTC-73) met in Geneva for just one week in April to finalize and approve new versions of the Telegraph and Telephone Regulations. In the fifteen years since the last conference in 1958, the Regulations approved then had remained in force despite rapid developments in the means of transmission and the expansion of facilities offered to customers.

The 1965 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference had requested that the Telegraph and Telephone Regulations be simplified by making some provisions the subject of recommendations. The International Telephone and Telegraph Consultative Committee (CCITT) did a great deal of work on this issue at its Plenary Assemblies in 1968 (Mar del Plata) and 1972 (Geneva). The texts submitted by the CCITT to the 1973 Conference had therefore been thoroughly prepared in advance.

The Telegraph and Telephone Regulations approved by the Conference were substantially simplified from the previous version. By transferring some of the more detailed provisions for telegraph and telephone services to CCITT Recommendations, the provisions could be more easily updated and thus more responsive to rapidly evolving technology in the future.

The Conference was remarkable for the spirit of co-operation and mutual goodwill which prevailed throughout its deliberations, and as a result no question was put to the vote.
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Final Acts of WATTC-73 (Geneva, 1973)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Actes finals de la WATTC-73 (Genève, 1973)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Actas Finales de la WATTC-73 (Ginebra, 1973)(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Final Acts of the WATTC-73 (Geneva, 1973)(Chinese)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Final List of Documents of WATTC-73 (Geneva, 1973)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 1-111 and DT No. 1-16(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Liste finale des documents de la WATTC-73 (Genève, 1973)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 1-111 et DT No. 1-16(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Lista Finale de Documentos de la WATTC-73 (Ginebra, 1973)(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No. 1-111 y DT No. 1-16(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

Chairman

Mr. F. Locher (Switzerland)

Countries participating

80

List of participants

List of Participants of WATTC-73 (Geneva, 1973) [English/French/Spanish](Multilingual)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

Further Reading

"World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference." Telecommunication Journal 40, no. 9 (1973): 567-568.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

Library Catalogue

Link to the Library Catalogue (Geneva, 1973)(Multilingual) URL
YearConference NameAcronymConference TypePlace

1879

International Telegraph Conference (London, 1879)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceLondon

1885

International Telegraph Conference (Berlin, 1885)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceBerlin

1890

International Telegraph Conference (Paris, 1890)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceParis

1896

International Telegraph Conference (Budapest, 1896)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceBudapest

1903

International Telegraph Conference (London, 1903)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceLondon

1908

International Telegraph Conference (Lisbon, 1908)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceLisbon

1925

International Telegraph Conference (Paris, 1925)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceParis

1928

International Telegraph Conference (Brussels, 1928)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceBrussels

1938

International Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Cairo, 1938)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceCairo

1949

International Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Paris, 1949)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceParis

1958

Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Geneva, 1958)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceGeneva

1973

World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Geneva, 1973)

WATTC-73Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceGeneva

1988

World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Melbourne, 1988)

WATTC-88Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceMelbourne