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19-21 July 2006
(Extraordinary)
Reaffirmed the Parties rights over the Common Heritage assets. Agreed on mechanisms to strengthen the foundations by which Intelsat was entrusted to provide international public telecommunications services and to preserve the Parties Common Heritage assets.
30 January-2 February 2006
Approved the amendment of the ITSO Agreement (Article XII, Paragraph (c) (ii)) in order to protect the Parties Common Heritage orbital locations and associated frequency assignments. Under the terms of this amendment, the Parties interests in the Common Heritage would be protected in the event that the current licensed user of these frequency assignments, the Intelsat, Ltd. satellite operator, (i) waives such frequency assignments, (ii) uses such frequency assignments in ways other than those set forth in the ITSO Agreement, or (iii) declares bankruptcy. Specifically, the amendment enables other satellite operator(s), in case of the events cited above, to use these orbital locations once they have signed a public services agreement.
29 June - 1 July 2004
Provided guidelines to safeguard the public service obligations, including those for lifeline users, and ensure the long-term viability of Intelsat in the event of a public (IPO) or private equity sale, merger or acquisition of the company. Extended the appointment of Mr. Ahmed Toumi, the Director General and CEO, for a second four-year term through July 2009.
26-28 June 2002
Adopted ITSOs Strategic Plan for 2002-2007, including goals and objectives to maintain and strengthen the international public telecommunications services. The Plan also envisions that other members of the satellite industry could join Intelsat in facilitating the emergence of a Global Satellite Information Infrastructure, based on global open standards and interoperability, to ensure that affordable new services such as broadband services will be available for all.
26-27 April 2001
(Extraordinary)
Approved the legal instruments related to the transfer of the operating assets of the Organization to Intelsat, Ltd., as well as the functioning of the company, with the effective date of 18 July 2001. Confirmed the appointment of Mr. Ahmed Toumi, a Moroccan citizen, as the Director General and CEO of the Organization (now abbreviated as ITSO) for a four-year term, to commence on 18 July 2001.
13-17 November 2000
(Extraordinary)
Unanimously approved the amendments to the Agreement and Operating Agreement to enact the restructuring of the Organization, as decided by the 24th Assembly of Parties. Also approved the framework for the provision of international telecommunications public services by the new private entity, Intelsat, Ltd., as well as the supervisory authority of the intergovernmental body, ITSO.
26-29 October 1999
To ensure the long-term viability of the Intelsat global satellite system in an increasingly competitive telecommunications market, adopted the principles to restructure the Organization by establishing a private company that provides satellite services, with a supervisory intergovernmental body to protect, in particular, lifeline users and connectivities.
(Extraordinary)
Adopted ITSOs Strategic Plan for 2002-2007, including goals and objectives to maintain and strengthen the international public telecommunications services. The Plan also envisions that other members of the satellite industry could join Intelsat in facilitating the emergence of a Global Satellite Information Infrastructure, based on global open standards and interoperability, to ensure that affordable new services such as broadband services will be available for all.
30-31 March 1998
(Extraordinary)
Approved the legal instruments related to the creation of INC, which was later renamed New Skies Satellites NV (New Skies), as an independent, non-affiliated commercial entity, incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands. Transferred assets to New Skies, including six satellites, their associated orbital locations and the customer contracts on the transferred satellites. As a matter of general policy and to fulfill the long-term commercial objectives of Intelsat, New Skies was created as a commercial enterprise to pursue certain opportunities in the satellite sector, including multi-regional video distribution, DTH and interactive multimedia services to residential and business customers. A condition of the creation of New Skies was that it provide ensured capacity rights (ECR) capacity to Intelsat to enable the fulfillment of treaty objectives to provide continued global connectivity and direct links among Intelsat users.
Removed the limit on the number of voice-switched circuits that separate satellite systems could utilize. Ensured that any usage of Intelsat space segment be in conformity with international agreements and regulations.
29 August-1 September 1995
Approved the concept of multiple Signatories, which permits member countries to have more than one Signatory to the Operating Agreement. (Note: the amendments to the Agreements to implement this decision were never ratified by the requisite number of countries, although the concept of multiple users per country through direct access to the Intelsat system was implemented.)
Recognized that FSS video services, including DTH services, are fully part of the public telecommunications services. Endorsed the guidelines for reforming the Organization to adapt its structure to an increasingly competitive telecommunications market.
3-6 November 1992
Increased the limit on the number of voice-switched circuits that separate satellite systems can operate, without causing significant economic harm to the global system of Intelsat, to 1250 64 Kbit/s equivalent circuits.
12 February 1992
(Extraordinary)
Satisfied the request of several European countries and the USA to establish switched satellite communications, through separate systems, with the U.S.S.R and other European non-Intelsat members. Confirmed the appointment of Mr. Irving Goldstein, a USA citizen, as the Director General for a six-year term, to commence on 24 February 1992.
30 October-2 November 1990
Increased the limit on the number of voice-switched circuits that a separate satellite system can operate, without causing significant economic harm to the global system of Intelsat, to 100-64 Kbit/s equivalent.
Launched a new resource-based pricing policy to encourage long-term commitments and conversions from analog to digital transmissions by using, in particular, Intermediate Data Rate (IDR) and Intelsat Business Services (IBS) carriers.
11-12 July 1989
(Extraordinary)
Accepted assurances provided by the USA and the United Kingdom that the Orion separate satellite system, to which they had granted licenses to provide transoceanic telecommunications, would not economically or technically harm the Intelsat global system.
11-13 October 1988
(Extraordinary)
Determined that the separate satellite systems of Panamsat (USA), Telecom 1 (France), Galaxy (USA) and Geostar (USA) were economically and technically compatible with Intelsat.
Extended the Project SHARE program to promote educational and telemedicine applications, and approved the VISTA program to increase connectivity to rural and remote areas.
1-2 April 1987
Approved the request of several member countries to use the Intersputnik separate satellite system. Confirmed the appointment of Mr. Dean Burch, a USA citizen, as the Director General for a six-year term, to commence on 15 April 1987.
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