Wto Agreement On Basic Telecommunications Services

At the beginning of the negotiations, participants agreed to set aside national differences in the definition of basic telecommunications on national territory and to negotiate all public and private telecommunications services involving a final transfer of customer-provided information (for example. B, the communication of the sender`s language or data to the recipient). They also agreed that basic telecommunications services provided through network infrastructure and those provided through resale (through private leasing channels) would both be covered by the obligations. As a result, market access obligations will include not only cross-border telecommunications services, but also services provided by foreign business creation or commercial presence, including the ability to own and operate independent telecommunications network infrastructure. Negotiated services include voice telephony, data transmission, telex, telegraph, fax, private rental services (i.e. the sale or rental of transport capacity), fixed and mobile mobile phone systems and services, mobile telephony, mobile phone services, paging and personal communication systems. Value-added services or telecommunications, for which suppliers “revalue” customer information by improving their form or content or by providing for their storage and collection, were not formally part of the expanded negotiations. Nevertheless, some participants chose to include them in their offers. For example, online data processing, online database storage and consultation, electronic data exchange, e-mail or voicemail) The most frequently de-deranged basic services are already included in 44 calendars (for 55 governments) in place since the end of the round of negotiations following the Uruguay Round and the accession of new WTO members. Many of the major service sectors included in the calendars are considered intensive users of telecommunications services.

The sectors most frequently mentioned in the calendars were: tourism, financial services and business services, closely followed by transport and telecommunications. All developed country calendars include commitments in business services, communication, construction and construction, distribution services, financial services, tourism and transport.

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