ITU plenipotentiary conference adopts new resolution on OTTs
The last ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, held in Dubai, managed to make Resolution WGPL/3 through adoption. It was recognised that emerging over-the-top (OTT) telecommunications technologies pose both opportunities and regulatory challenges for national telecommunication regulations. Specifically, the Resolution resolves (1) ‘to raise awareness and promote a common understanding and dialogue among stakeholders for enabling OTT environment and ecosystem within the remit of ITU’; (2) ‘to continue fostering studies on OTT aspects’; (3) ‘to foster capacity-building programmes among ITU members in order to share information related to best practices and technical guidance on OTTs, especially for developing countries’. It also instructed the Secretary-General to continue collaboration with other relevant organisations to further the objectives of the resolution; and to submit an annual report on the council on the activities undertaken under the resolution.