Strange but True

On 12 July 2012, ETNO issued a press release describing a meeting between its Executive Board Chair, Luigi Gambardella, and ITU Secretary General, Hamadoun Touré. On 16 July 2012, the ITU newslog issued a similar report of a meeting between Mr. Gambardella and Dr. Touré.

Having written about the earlier ETNO release, I was interested to read the ITU’s report of the meeting and was struck by several differences in the pieces. Both articles attribute quotes to high level representatives of their respective organizations, with those quotes and content presumably vetted by their respective press agencies/staff.

The ETNO piece makes reference to the Internet, security, and a new eco-system for the Internet. The ITU piece drops all such reference and instead would have us believe the Internet was not on the agenda and was not discussed.

Is it possible for both reports to be accurate? I’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader.


Comparison of ETNO Press Release and ITU newslog.

WCIT 2012 : an opportunity forto create an open, innovative, and sustainable and more secure ICT environment

On the occasion of a meeting today, the ITU Secretary General, Hamadoun Touré, and Chair of the ETNO Executive Board Chair,of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) Luigi Gambardella, reiterated met today at ITU headquarters in Geneva. During their discussion they stressed the importance of the World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012 (WCIT to -12), which will review the International Telecommunication Regulations, or ITRs. They said that an update of this international treaty will lay the framework that will facilitate the furtherto support continued growth ofand an innovative, and sustainable future for the telecomtelecommunication and information and communication technologytechnologies (ICTs) sector(including the Internet)..

Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary General, says: “The  noted that “the 1988 ITRs opened the door for thetelecommunicationstelecommunication revolution of the 1990s  and notably privatization, liberalization, and new technologies such as mobile and the Internet. Now it’s time to take the next step and open the door for the broadband revolution of the next decade –, so that all the world’s people can gain access  affordable, equitable, high-speed fixed or mobile access  to voice, video and data.”

Mr Gambardella, ETNO Executive Board Chair, says: “The  stated that “WCIT is an opportunity-12 allows us to address the need for a new eco-systemecosystem for the Internetcommunications, enabling operators and service providers to meet the huge challenges that are being driven by the rapid rise in data increase andtraffic, while allowing users to continue enjoying the benefits and opportunitiesbrought about by the Internet”.  and other technologies.”

The ITRs, which will be revised at WCIT, set out the basic principles for interconnection ensuring that networks can connect smoothly.and efficiently across borders and among technologies. However, the environment has changed dramatically since the latesttheir lastrevision of the ITRsin 1988. The growth in traffic puts a strain on network resources and risks to worsen the userworsening users’experience of connectivity. The ITRs need to reflect changes in markets and technologies, while allowing Internet innovation to continue developing.

The ITU membership, which includes ETNO, believes that the WCIT is an opportunity to improve the current basis that has, to date, facilitated the growth of telecommunications (including the Internet) and the information society.  There are opportunities to sees WCIT-12 as an opportunity to agree on a new and sustainable economic model for international communications, favouring innovation, openness and consumer choice. In this context, ETNO has submitted an innovative proposal for the revision of the ITRs ensuring the futureproofness of the current model.

ByETNO believes that improved user experience would be encouraged by allowing commercial agreements betweenundertakingsplayers on end to end quality of service delivery ETNO believes that innovation and improved user experience would be encouraged. 

For more information, please contact: Thierry Dieu, ETNO Director for Communications and Public Policy Tel: (32-2) 219 32 42 Fax: (32-2) 219 64 12 E-mail:

. The association has put forward a proposed revision to the ITRs that it believes would ensure that the framework is future proof.

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