ITU is organizing the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) that is hosted by UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Dubai, in the period from 3 to 14 December 2012.
This landmark conference will review the current International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services, as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability.
The ITRs were last negotiated in Melbourne, Australia in 1988, and there is broad consensus that the text now needs to be updated to reflect the dramatically different information and communication technology (ICT) landscape of the 21st century.
It is worth-mentioning in this respect that Egypt is the Vice-Chairman of the Arab group and is considered the Vice-Chairman of the African group of ITU Council.
In the Conference's meetings, Egypt has presented its clear and conspicuous position that encapsulated the Egyptian stance on ITRs. This position can be summed up as follows:
- Egypt supports free internet, and understands the ITRs should not include any regulations that impose restrictions or censorship on online content .(This clear position contradicts with the news that have been published and circulated lately in the media and that have falsely claimed that Egypt is one of the signatories to the “Multi-country proposal for the review of the ITRs” Document.
- Egypt believes the ITRs should include proposals that ensure networks security in order to keep abreast of our advanced age;
- Egypt believes that regulations stipulating Calling Line Identification should be included in the ITRs;
- With regards to routing, Egypt believes that Member States have the right to know where their traffic is routed. In addition, Egypt has highlighted the significance of including this information in the ITRs.
Due to the importance of this stupendous Conference and the diversity of the participating stakeholders, the Egyptian team that participated in this event included a group of experts and professionals from the ICT sector, namely the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), telecom Operators and private telecom Companies.