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Transforming Economic Relationships in International Telecommunications

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This Briefing Report was prepared for the seventh ITU Regulatory Colloquium, held at ITU Headquarters in Geneva on 3-5 December 1997. The topic of the Seventh Colloquium was a detailed examination of the present crisis in the international system by which payments are made between countries for international telecommunications services (known, for short, as the "accounting rate" problem). The Colloquium examined in detail alternatives to the present system as well as means by which the system may be adjusted to reflect current realities.

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Executive summary

This Briefing Report, prepared in conjunction with the seventh ITU Regulatory Colloquium, concerns the international economic relationships between telecommunications operators which enable them to connect international calls. It focuses on how these relationships are evolving, and on the regulatory policies affecting them. It summarises the existing arrangements concerning accounting rates and settlements; analyses the intense pressures for change; and suggests the kinds of changes that could result.

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