Meeting of the ITU Policy Committee (Com-ITU) - Copenhagen

Copenhagen hosted from 30 November to 2 December a meeting of the CEPT Committee in charge of European co-ordination for participation in ITU activities (Com-ITU).

At this meeting Portugal chaired the Drafting Group created by Com-ITU to prepare for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12), to be held on 3-14 December 2012 in Dubai. Note that WCIT-12 is meant to revise the International Telecommunications Regulation (ITR), an international treaty whose current text was signed in 1988.

In this regard, the Drafting Group focused on preparing European common proposals (ECPs) to submit to that international conference. Preliminary agreement was obtained on the following matters: tariff transparency, international roaming, spam, taxation and international traffic interconnection.

Proposed ECPs were also presented on the following topics: fraud, improper numbering use and provision of calling line identification (CLI). As no agreement was reached on these subjects, it was decided to continue discussing them at the next meeting. Regarding preparations for the World Telecommunications Standardisation Assembly (WTSA-12), reorganisation of the ITU Standardisation Sector (ITU-T) was discussed and the group reached a preliminary agreement.

The proposed merger of ITU-T Resolution 47 (country code top level domain names) with ITU-T Resolution 48 (internationalised (multilingual) domain names) was debated and approved.

Also discussed was the merger of resolutions ITU-T 64 (IP address allocation and encouraging the deployment of IPv6 and Resolution 69) and ITU-T 69 (non-discriminatory access and use of internet resources). Com-ITU nevertheless concluded that it would not be beneficial to propose the merger of such resolutions.

The next Com-ITU meeting has been scheduled for 2-4 April 2012 in Copenhagen. Agreement was also reached to hold a meeting of working groups to prepare for WTSA-12 and WCIT-12 from 31 January to 2 February 2012 in the Swiss city of Biel.