In 2020, the representatives of the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (hereinafter – the NCCIR) actively participated in the activities (events) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The abovementioned activities include, i.e, the First meeting of Task Group 6/1 (autumn), which was held in preparation for the 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23). Equally important was the participation in events related to the use of the radio frequency spectrum and satellite orbits – the ITU Regional seminar for Europe and CIS on spectrum management and broadcasting (July), as well as the 2020 World radiocommunication seminar (WRC-20) (November). Another important event, which experts of the Ukrainian telecom regulator attended, was the ITU Regional Regulatory Forum for Europe on regulation supporting the Digital Transformation (November-December), held within the framework of the ITU Regional Initiative for Europe on Broadband Infrastructure, Broadcasting and Spectrum Management adopted by the 2017 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17).
Participation in the ITU Regional Development Forum for Europe (RDF-EUR) (May), ITU Regional Forum for Europe: 5G Strategies, Policies and Implementation (October), as well as the Global Symposium for Regulators (September), was conducted in the capacity of the representatives of the Eastern Partnership Electronic Communications Regulators Network (hereinafter – EaPeReg) at expert, representing in particular its Independent Regulators and Broadband Expert Working Group, and leadership levels. It should be noted that the Global Symposium for Regulators is a very important annual event, which provides an opportunity to engage in dialogue on global trends in regulation and developments in the ICT sector, as well as facilitates bilateral relations with representatives of national regulatory authorities of other countries.
The past year’s activities within the ITU were, however, not limited to global international events and constant communication with the ITU Office for Europe, but also marked another milestone for further development both at the bilateral and regional levels, in particular by signing a memorandum of understanding between the ITU and the EaPeReg to establish a high-level framework of cooperation in the area of information and communications technology (10 May 2020). This document will enable conditions for cooperation in a number of areas, in particular by means of exchanging of best practices, guidelines and studies on such topics; participation in relevant meetings, including the Global Symposium for Regulators, regional regulatory forums, regional economic dialogues, ITU study groups and focus groups, thematic workshops, with the aim of sharing experience and implementing initiatives aimed at improving the regulation of the industry and satisfying consumer demand for new quality services.
In addition, the coordination of the EaPeReg and ITU-D Expert Working Groups (ITU-D Study Groups) will be a significant step towards establishing a strong relationship with the ITU. Thus, the participation of the EaPeReg EWGs representatives in the ITU activities, as well as the ITU experts in the EaPeReg events will enable the exchange of best practices and experience, as well as provide expert support in drafting reports/recommendations/guidelines aimed at ensuring the communication objectives.
We believe that such fruitful cooperation will contribute to productive results, considering the relevance of the issues that are a priority for the ITU and the EaPeReg, as well as further development of the partnership between these platforms in general, and with the NCCIR in particular.