Issues in Telecommunications Development, Volume II

Reforming the International Accounting Rate System. Part I Overview. Part II Case Studies

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On behalf of the ITU, the Telecommunication Development Bureau has taken on the responsibility of assisting countries as they restructure their telecommunication sectors to meet the challenges of globalization and liberalization. Reports from Seminars/Workshops at which developing country representatives reviewed the moves towards international accounting rate reform and a number of papers dealing with cost calculation methodologies are in Part 1, and in Part 2 there are 11 Country Case Studies.



Methodological note concerning the introduction of asymmetric arrangements

In the Chairman’s Working Document Rev. 2 (25th August 1998) submitted to the second plenary meeting of the Focus Group, the Chairman indicated that “by bilateral agreement, it may be possible to vary the 50/50 arrangements, in the transition towards cost-oriented rates, in order to accelerate accounting rate reductions or to cushion sudden falls in net settlement payments, especially for the Least Developed Countries and other economies with a teledensity of less than 1 line per 100 inhabitants.” Furthermore, the Working Document solicits additional contribution from Members of the Focus Group that could assist in making progress on this issue.


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