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On 7 December 2011 in Kiev (Ukraine) the 45th session of the Board of the Communications Administrations Heads of the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC Board) was held.

 

The delegations of the full members of the RCC – communications administration (CAs) of the Azerbaijan Republic, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Republic of Uzbekistan, Ukraine and RCC observers – CAs of the Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Slovenia, IOSC "Intersputnik" and also guests from CIS Executive Committee, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Universal Postal Union (UPU), Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) took part at the session.
Chairman of the RCC Board, the Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Mr. Igor O. Schegolev chaired the meeting.
First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Mr. Andrey P. Klyuev took part at the RCC Board meeting. He read a speech of welcome of the President of Ukraine Mr. Victor F. Yanukovich and Prime Minister of Ukraine Mr. Nikolay Ya. Azarov.
On behalf of the name of CIS Executive Committee Chairman Mr. Sergey N. Lebedev, the Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee-Deputy CIS Secretary Mr. Anatoly A. Dron greeted the participants of the meeting. The speech of welcome on behalf of the UPU IB Director General Mr. Edouard Dayan was made by the UPU IB Deputy Director General Mr. Guozhong Huang. On behalf of the ITU Secretary General Dr. Hamadoun Touré the speech of welcome was made by the Special Adviser to the ITU Secretary General Mr. Valery V. Timofeev. On behalf of the Pan African Postal Union Secretary General Ms. Rodah A. Masaviru the welcoming speech was read by the Head of the PAPU Administration and Finance Department Mr. Michael E. Onyezewe.
The 45th meeting of the RCC Board received the welcoming speeches from the Secretary General of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity and from Secretary General of the Postal Union of Americas, Spain and Portugal.
RCC Board opened the work with the summarizing of the activity outcomes, testifying to progress forward. Further the new strategic line of development for the next period which has found its reflection in the Strategic Lines of RCC activity for the period of 2012 – 2017 has been defined. In this regard the decision to recommend to RCC participants, participants of the Coordination Council of the CIS member states for Informatization attached to RCC, RCC working bodies and RCC Executive Committee to be guided in their work by the abovementioned Strategic Lines.
The Board has considered appropriate to the RCC communications administrations to conduct the policy, directed on harmonization of national legislation and normative and technical base in the field of ICT, to promote development and introduction of new technologies and services, for the purpose of creation of common infocommunication space, as well as to continue the practice of carrying out of national and international forums, exhibitions and other events showing the further innovative development of the ICT industry.
In the section of issues related to the RCC CAs preparations for international forums, the participants of the meeting discussed the preparation for ITU World Conference on International Telecommunication 2012 (WCIT-12), ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP-14), ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC-14), 25th UPU Congress, ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12) and Radiocommunication Assembly 2012 (RA-12).
RCC preparation for these forums is conducted on the basis of all-round discussion at the meetings of the appropriate RCC working bodies, proposals of communications administrations of the Commonwealth participants on the agendas of Conferences which finally with support of the RCC CAs will be submitted as the RCC Common Proposals.
Preparation of the RCC Common Proposals for WRC-12 is almost finished; it was preceded by the big preliminary work done by the Working group on RCC CAs preparation for WRC-12 and RA-12.
RCC Common Proposals for WRC-12 contain the positions on all of the items of the Conference agenda, as well as the draft Resolutions for including into the agenda of the next WRC-15.
Work on the preparation for forthcoming World Conference on International Telecommunication 2012 is conducted according to the Plan approved at the 43rd session of the RCC Board. The main attention is paid to the questions of the International Telecommunication Regulations revision and preparations of the draft RCC Common Proposals for the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the RCC countries for WCIT-12 which will take place in April 2012 in Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan.
For the purpose of consolidation of efforts and preparation of RCC Common Proposals the Plans of preparation of the RCC communication administrations for PP 14 and WTDC-14 were approved at the session.
Taking into account, that in 2012 the 25th UPU Congress will be held, the RCC Board approved the "Plan of Actions of the RCC Communications Administrations preparations for the 25th UPU Congress" (Hereinafter – Plan of Actions) which was presented by the RCC Postal Commission and RCC Postal Operators Board. It was recommended to RCC communications administration to carry out the preparatory work to the 25th UPU Congress in accordance with the approved Plan of Actions. RCC Postal Commission and RCC Postal Operators Board were charged to carry out the coordination of activity of the RCC CAs and develop RCC Common Proposals, which will be submitted to the 25th UPU Congress in a due course.
Chairman of the State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine Mr. Leonid I. Netudykhata welcomed all the meeting participants and noted, that the RCC for twenty years of its existence has proved the efficiency at the decision of the whole spectrum of the questions related the communication facilities and information-communication technologies development. Further he presented the basic directions of work in the sphere of telecommunications were presented, the attention was paid to the decision of problem questions of overcoming of digital divide, broadband access, introduction of new technologies and services in the telecommunication networks of Ukraine.
Using the RCC sessions as a platform for exchange of experience and the best results in the field of ICT, the CA of Russia showed the decisions on software provision as service - SAAS model, on the basis of its own platform of cloudy calculations.
One of the topical directions of the RCC work is also the task of transition to digital broadcasting up to 2015. RCC Board approved "Recommendations on the coordination of new and modification of planned frequency assignments/allocations for digital broadcasting in the frequency bands 174-230 and 470-862 MHz between the RCC CAs, 2011" and "Recommendations on the technical fundamentals of the terrestrial digital broadcasting networks planning", recommended to RCC participants, RCC working bodies to be guided in their work by the approved documents. It was charged to RCC CAs to take into account that at the coordination of new and modification of planned frequency assignments for digital broadcasting in frequency band of 174-230 MHz and 470-862 MHz between the RCC CAs at the initiative of any of interested administrations the statutes the Agreement "Geneva-06" and ITU recommendations or other mutually coordinated documents will be applied.
Results of activity of several RCC working bodies - RCC Commission for International Cooperation Coordination, RCC Telecommunication Operators Board and RCC Working group on tariff policy issues were heard. Offers on the organization of the further work of the abovementioned working bodies were discussed.
RCC Board approved the Procedure of the RCC interaction with the regional organization in the field of communications, and also recommended to RCC CAs, RCC Telecommunication and Postal Operators Boards, RCC Executive Committee to be guided in their work by the approved document.
RCC Board put the special attention to questions of the roaming tariffs regulation in the CIS countries. Recognizing the necessity of increase the level of openness, transparency and nondiscrimination of the rules and procedures of telecommunications regulation the Board charged the RCC Working group on tariff policy issues to prepare the Declaration on mutual understanding of the RCC participants' countries by the principles of formation of charge rates of interoperators mutual payments on mobile communication services.
Continuing the discussion of an issue on the improvement of the RCC working bodies, the RCC Board confirmed the changing of the status of the participant of the RCC Telecommunication Operators Board, RCC Commissions for information security made changes and additions into the RCC regulating documents. It was charged to the RCC Working group on the Revision of RCC Charter documents to continue works on unification the RCC statutory documents.
Participants of the session discussed the questions, related the Commonwealth internal activity.
According to the RCC Regulations as the Vice-Chairman of the RCC Board the Head of Communications Administration till 31 December 2012 the Head of Communications Administration of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Director General of the Uzbek Agency for Communications and Informatization Mr. Khakim A. Mukhitdinov was appointed.
In connection with the expiration in 2011 of term of office, the elections of the Director General of the RCC Executive Committee and his Deputy were held, and also the heads of RCC working bodies for the period of 2012 – 2014 and new composition of the Inspection Committee were approved.
RCC Board approved the RCC Financial plan and List of activities carried out within the framework of the RCC Charter activities planned for 2012.
For active work aimed at strengthening and development of the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications and in connection with the 20th anniversary of the RCC establishment the Board made a decision to award with the RCC Certificate of Honor the representatives of the communications administrations, operators, RCC Executive Committee and other organizations. The ceremony of awarding with the RCC Certificates of Honour the RCC participants and veterans of the industry was held.
It was decided to hold the next 46th session of the RCC Board in II quarter 2012.
In conclusion, the meeting participants expressed gratitude to the Government and Communications Administration of Ukraine for the warm reception and organization of the RCC Board session.