December 12th, 2016

The CTO congratulates the ITU on 110th anniversary of Radio Regulations

London, 12 December 2016 – The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has joined the international community in congratulating the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the Radio Regulations.

The Radio Regulations are the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits.

Wireless communications systems play a crucial role in bridging the digital divide and helping the world communicate and, like the ITU, the CTO works with member countries to promote affordable, universal and high-quality broadband connectivity and considers the effective use of radio communications resources as critical to achieving universal and affordable broadband access.

The Radio Regulations represent a remarkable success story of cooperation among the international telecommunication sector and have, for the past 110 years, efficiently governed the technical standards of the international community’s wireless communications,” said Shola Taylor, Secretary-General of the CTO.

The CTO devotes considerable resources to radio communications related programmes. Every year, over 35% of the CTO’s technical capacity development programmes aimed at public and private sector stakeholders in member countries focus on radio communications networks, compared with 10% for fixed networks.

As a past chairman of the Radio Regulations Board, and a member for eight years, I am proud to have contributed to the work of the Board in coordinating the regulations. Congratulations to the ITU on this significant achievement,” Mr Taylor added.

For more information please contact Marcel Belingue, m.belingue@cto.int or +44 (0) 20 8600 3820.

About the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is the oldest and largest Commonwealth intergovernmental organisation in the field of information and communication technologies. With a diverse membership spanning developed and least developed countries, small island developing states, and more recently also the private sector and civil society, the CTO aims to become a trusted partner for sustainable development for all through ICTs.