Given ITSO’s vision that the Organization will continue to be the place where developed and developing countries can feel confident in expressing their views and in considering actions that will reduce the digital (broadband) divide; considering its mission and the objectives that have been already approved by the Assembly; and taking into account the telecommunication market environment and the legal framework of the Organization, the Assembly approved:

 Objective 1: Maintain the continuity of the provision of public telecommunications satellite services.

        To achieve this objective, the Director General continues to implement the following action program:

(i)     Work with Intelsat on an appropriate business model for the follow-up to the expiration of the LCO Contracts which should incorporate eligibility criteria, price protection, renewal option and continuity of services beyond 2013 by:

  • Analyzing the satellite telecommunication services market and develop with Intelsat a competitive business model that strengthens the services provision currently guaranteed under the LCO obligation on long term basis.
  • Developing with Intelsat flexible and efficient contractual conditions regarding renewal option and continuity of services to be used after the expiration of the LCO obligation.

(ii)   Build constructive and effective partnerships with LCO countries to identify future LCO requirements and the optimal way to satisfy them by:

  • Selecting, per ITU region, a representative number of LCO countries and reviewing with them the past LCO experiences and future requirements.
  • Reviewing the LCO eligibility criteria.
  • Developing new terms and renewal options to be used after the expiration of the LCO obligation.
  • Identifying requirements for capacity building programs.

      (iii) Work with Intelsat, the ITU and national regulatory authorities, to promote an open satellite telecommunications market and develop a comprehensive regulatory framework by:

  • Participating with the ITU and Intelsat in the identification of a harmonized satellite telecommunications regulatory framework, including the activities of Study Group 4 of the Radiocommunications Sector of the ITU.
  • Promoting capacity building programs for the LCO Countries that enhance opportunities for future public telecommunications satellite services and compliance with the LCO Contracts.
  • Reviewing with member States their public telecommunication satellite services requirements and, if required, advising them on harmonized and efficient regulatory frameworks.
  • Promoting capacity building programs related to the promotion of satellite telecommunications competitive markets.

     (iv) Provide the 2012 ordinary meeting of the Assembly of Parties with all the necessary information to decide on the continuity or termination of the ITSO Agreement by:

  • Performing a study on the evolution of the satellite market since 2001 and its implications for ITSO and Intelsat.
  • Identifying all the consequences of terminating or continuing the ITSO Agreement beyond 2013.
  • Presenting a recommendation to the 2012 ordinary meeting of the Assembly of Parties.

 Objective 2: Protect the Common Heritage orbital locations and associated frequency assignments.

            Continuous performance of the PSO by Intelsat has been the primary consideration for the transfer of assets to Intelsat at the time of privatization and the basis for use by Intelsat of the orbital locations and frequencies assignments of the Common Heritage. In addition, the Director General on behalf of ITSO must address all issues arising from the Common Heritage and communicate the views of the Parties to the Notifying Administrations.

            To achieve this objective, the Director General proposes to implement the following action program:

     (i)     Work with the member States for the Amendment to Article XII, Paragraph (c) (ii) to enter into force by:

  • Raising awareness on the importance and value of the Common Heritage.
  • Meeting with member States to explain the relevance of the Amendment in protecting the Common Heritage and the continued provision of international public satellite telecommunication service.

     (ii)   Work with the Parties, the Notifying Administrations and the ITU to implement the Assembly of Parties’ decision to amend the label of the Common Heritage orbital locations and associate frequencies assignment in the ITU Registry to more clearly reflect their status as part of the Common Heritage by:

  • Working with the Notifying Administrations to promptly undertake the necessary actions at the ITU.
  • Working with the ITU and the member States to find alternative ways to implement the Assembly of Parties decision.

(iii)    Set up with the member States a mechanism to address all issues arising from the Common Heritage and collect the views of the Parties on these issues by:

  • Working with ITU experts from the member States in analyzing any ITU notification concerning Common Heritage locations and coordinating an appropriate response to the Notifying Administrations.[1]
  • Seeking the advice of the Frequency Working Party on the issues raised above.

 Objective 3: Contribute to the promotion of a global information and communications infrastructure.

             In exercising its supervisory function, ITSO has become the focus point for member States as they assess their international public satellite telecommunications requirements. Availability of satellite broadband services is becoming the focal point of many developing countries and ITSO should continue to promote policies and services that bridge the digital (broadband) divide.

             To achieve this objective, the Director General proposes to implement the following action program:

    (i)     Contribute, as appropriate, to the follow-up of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), by:

  • Supporting the ITU Secretary-General Initiative “Connect the World to help connect the unconnected by 2015,” and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (Goal 8, Target 8.F).
  • Promoting the synergies between member States and other international organizations to discuss public policies and open markets in satellite telecommunications as a way to implement the Millennium Development Goals.

   (ii)   Promote with telecommunications policy-makers and regulators the key role played by satellites in providing “digital opportunities,” and extending the benefits of satellite communications to developing countries, while raising awareness of the advantages of open markets, in promoting global information and communications technology build-out by:

  • Emphasizing the role of satellites in support of the convergence of services delivered directly to users, such as consumer broadband services.
  • Organizing seminars and conferences in coordination with the Telecommunication Regulatory Authorities and other international organizations at a global and regional level, on the benefits of satellite communications to developing countries, and raising awareness of the advantages of open satellite markets.

  (iii)    Strengthen the relationship with other international organizations and ICT actors to  broaden ITSO’s opportunity to promote the provision of public satellite telecommunications services by:

Exploring with other international organizations such as the ITU and the World Bank and with other ICT actors such as CITEL, multilateral activities to promote the use of satellite technology to bridge the digital (broadband) divide.


Article XII (e) (iv) of ITSO Agreement establishes: (e) Each Party selected to act as a Notifying Administration pursuant to paragraph (c) shall: . . . . (iv) notify and consult with the Director General on ITU satellite system coordinations that are undertaken on behalf of the Company to assure that global connectivity and service to lifeline users are maintained.”