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ITU study groups

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ITU Study Groups


​What are the main objectives of ITU study groups?

What are the subjects addressed by ITU study groups?

How many ITU study groups are there?

ITU study groups are renewed every four years. The number of ITU study groups changes over time, as study groups are established or disbanded. The authority to establish or disband ITU study groups rests with the governing body of the respective Sector.

How are study groups formed?

Study groups are usually formed by the consensus decisions of the governing body of the respective Sector (RA, WTSA and WTDC), at the request of the ITU membership. A Sector's advisory group (RAG, TSAG and TDAG) may however establish or disband an ITU study group between meetings of the Sector's governing body, if authorized to do so by the governing body. The mandates of ITU study groups are also decided by Sectors' governing bodies, although these mandates are often further refined by regular (usually annual) meetings of each Sector's advisory group.

How are study group officials elected?

Study groups work under the leadership of chairmen and vice-chairmen. These leadership teams are decided by the governing body of the respective Sector (RA, WTSA and WTDC) through compromise and consensus, while seeking to ensure fair regional representation. Rapporteurs and associate rapporteurs –  experts responsible for the coordination of a particular area of a study group's work – are appointed by a study group's chairman. A staff member of the Geneva-based ITU secretariat is assigned to each study group to assist chairmen, vice-chairmen and rapporteurs in the performance of their tasks.

What is a working party?

In the interests of efficiency, ITU-R and ITU-T study groups are normally structured into working parties (WPs).

In ITU-R, several study groups maintain WPs for topics of interest to a more limited group of specialists or to make a valuable contribution on a specific topic. For example, SG1 is divided into three WPs on different aspects of spectrum management (e.g. spectrum engineering techniques, spectrum management methodologies and economic strategies and spectrum monitoring ). SG3 has four WPs, SG4 has three WPs, SG5 has four WPs and a Task Group on a specific agenda item of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019, SG6 has three WPs, and SG7 has four WPs.

Correspondence Groups or Joint Working Groups may be established on an ad-hoc basis between study groups on questions of interest to one or more study groups.

What are ITU-T regional groups and focus groups?