The delegations of the RCC full members – communications administrations (CA) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Republic of Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and the RCC observers – CAs of the Republic of Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of Slovenia, IOSC “Intersputnik”, RCC Executive Committee, CIS Executive Committee as well as guests from the International Telecommunication Union, the Pan African Postal Union, the independent regulator of the Republic of Moldova took part at the meeting.
The meeting was held by the Chairman of the RCC Board, the Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation I.O. Shchegolev.
Minister of Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, welcomed all the participants of the meeting and expressed his confidence that the adopted decisions will serve to further strengthen of the mutually beneficial cooperation between RCC articipants.
The Deputy Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union Houlin Zhao made a speech of welcome.
RCC Board opened its work with a discussion of the communications administrations activities on the implementation the 24th UPU Congress Decisions (2008, Geneva), and summed up the UPU Strategy Conference outcomes. The Board noted that the postal service, being a part of the Information Society, is on a new level of development. Being accessible to a wide range of customers it seeks to provide the public and business partners to a diverse list of high-tech and modern services. However, global changes in the world require further improvement of the postal sector. It was confirmed by the UPU Strategy Conference (September, 2010, Nairobi, Kenya), which laid the foundations for the development strategy of the world postal service in the future to 2016. According to the results of the UPU Strategy Conference the RCC Postal Commission and RCC Postal Operators Board were charged to hold the RCC Regional Conference, which will discuss the main directions of postal services development of the RCC participants and the priorities of their cooperation until 2016.
In block of postal questions the RCC Board summarized and approved the activities of the RCC Postal Operators Board over 10 years and outlined the main directions of its further development: implementation of the harmonious development of the postal sector in our countries and strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation between operators in order to best satisfaction of the growing requirements of the population the Commonwealth countries in qualitative service.
The Board approved “The Concept on creation of Express mail system within the framework of RCC (EMS RCC)”, noting that the implementation of the Concept will promote new EMS products to the regional market, improving their quality and competitiveness and better satisfy the costumers’ requirements. The Board recommended to the RCC communications administrations to participate in the implementation of the Concept.
In discussing the participation of the RCC CAs in the international forums of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the RCC Board summed up the largest ITU conferences which were held in 2010.
RCC Board approved the results reached by the RCC CAs delegations at the World Telecommunication Development Conference ITU (WTDC-10). An important achievements were the reflection of the RCC Common Proposals in the WTDC-10 final documents, the election of the RCC representatives to the leadership of the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group and to the 1st and 2nd Study Groups of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector.
Besides, the Regional initiatives were approved on which the next four years the projects will be implemented by themes:
RCC Board heard and discussed the results of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 (PP-10), which was held in October, 2010, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Plenipotentiary Conference is the supreme organ of the ITU, which sets policy and the Strategic Plan of the Union, examines and, if necessary, adopts amendments to the Constitution and Convention.
PP-10 elected for the next four-year period the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and three Directors of the Bureau, as well as members of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB). To the composition of the RRB from the Region C, which includes RCC countries, the representatives of the Kyrgyz Republic and Russian Federation were elected. Besides, the Russian Federation was elected to the ITU Council.
The RCC Board noted that the PP-10 took the crucial decisions on strengthening and expanding the role of the ITU in matters of the Internet governance, ensuring confidence and security in the use of ICT, preparations for the World Conference on International Telecommunications, implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society Decisions.
Further, the participants of the RCC Board meeting discussed preparations for the forthcoming ITU international forums in 2012: the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) and the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) and endorsed the Plans of actions of the RCC to these forums.
RCC Board charged to the RCC Commission for International Cooperation Coordination and to other RCC working bodies to ensure the implementation of the decisions taken at previous conferences, and provide preparations for future forums.
Having discussed the development of satellite communications in the countries of the RCC participants, the RCC Board noted that the progress of technology implementation of satellite communications and broadcasting which is happening in the world can solve the problem of "digital divide", as well as get real access to a very broadband frequency resource, and charged to the profile RCC Commissions to further elaborate the proposals to ensure the orbital satellite resources of the RCC participants.
One of the important directions of the RCC CAs work is the problem of transition to digital broadcasting toward the 2015. The RCC Board approved a "Recommendation on coordination of new and modification of planned frequency assignments/allotments of digital broadcasting in the band 174-230 MHz and 470-862 MHz", and recommended to the RCC communications administrations to use this document for the coordination of new and modification of planned frequency assignments/allotments of digital broadcasting during the implementation of the national digital allotments of the GE06 Plan and modifications of this Plan, as well as during the development of bilateral and multilateral agreements on these issues.
The RCC Board discussed the issue of strengthening cooperation in the field of telecommunications and improvement of the RCC Operators Boards’ activity. The Strategic Directions of the RCC Telecommunication Operators Board activity were approved, as well as new revisions of “Provisions on the Telecommunication Operators Board of the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC TOB)”, “Provisions on the Postal Operators Board of the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC POB)”.
Besides, the participants of the meeting have heard a report on the implementation of new telecommunications services in the countries of the RCC participants, such as “International Free Call”, and the possibility of opening up the access to this service from mobile networks and payphones network. The RCC Board agreed with the suggestion of Communications Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan about the necessity to consider the introduction of unified roaming tariffs and instructed the RCC Commission on the Economy of Communications, RCC Telecommunication Commission and RCC Commission on coordination of regulators in the field of Communications in the RCC to develop appropriate recommendations.
The RCC Board have heard the proposals of the High Level Working Group on cooperation in matters of readiness of RCC participants for information society building and charged to the RCC working bodies to continue the work on development cooperation in the information society building in the countries of the RCC participants.
Participants discussed the issues relating to the internal activity of the Commonwealth, in particular the preparation for celebrating the 20 anniversary of the RCC.
In accordance with the RCC Charter the elections for RCC Chairmanship were held. The Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation I.O. Shchegolev was elected as the Chairman of the RCC CAs Heads Board Chairman for a term of 4 years. The Head of the Communications Administration of Turkmenistan was appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the RCC Board before 31 December 2011.
The compositions of the RCC Telecommunication Operators Board and RCC Postal Operators Board replenished with new members - the state-company “Turkmentelecom” which provides international and long distance telephone communication, cellular and paging communications, providing technical operation of the means of dissemination programs for national television and radio broadcasting companies and the State Mail Service Company “Turkmenpochta” - the national postal operator of Turkmenistan which provides domestic and international postal services.
During the meeting the Agreement between the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation and the International Organization of Space Communications “Intersputnik” and the Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of postal communication between the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications and the Pan African Postal Union in 2011-2016 were signed.
The next, 44th session of the RCC Board will be held in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia, in the II quarter of 2011. Draft agenda of the session is formed.
In conclusion, the participants of the meeting expressed gratitude to the Government and Communications Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan for the warm reception and organization of the RCC Board meeting.