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World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA)

WTSA is held every four years and defines the next period of study for the ITU-Telecommunications Standardization Sector (ITU-T). According to the ITU Convention, the WTSA is to be convened "to consider specific matters related to telecommunication standardization."

At each WTSA:

  • The overall work program, structure, and processes for the ITU-T is determined
  • Resolutions are adopted that define the scope of ITU-T work program
  • Study Groups and questions are created and structured, Chairmen are elected and the scope of each Study Group's work is adopted

WTSA – 12 (20-29 November, Dubai)

Numerous regional preparatory meetings were held leading up to the 2012 session in Dubai. It was reported that over 1000 attendees from over 100 countries participated in plenary and working group sessions throughout the November session.  Member States had the floor, while sector members were invited to attend most of the working group meetings and were there to advise their member state delegations.

Discussions over 200+ documents in numerous working groups and plenary sessions resulted in the adoption of: six new resolutions, revision of 49 resolutions, revisions to seven of the A series Recommendations, and six new ITU standards.

Text of all the adopted resolutions are available on the ITU website.

Two resolutions of particular interest to the ARIN community are resolutions 64 and 69. In particular, in appears the Resolution 64 may result in additional Working Group studies related to IPv6 allocation and deployment as well as the remainder of IPv4 address allocations.

Resolution 64  IP address allocation and facilitating the transition to and deployment of IPv6

Revisions were made to this resolution and in the process there was significant discussion and debate over proposed additions.

Additions include:

  • recognition of the result of the ITU IPv6 group which completed its assigned work
  • considering, "that many developing countries want ITU-T to become a registry of IP addresses in order to give the developing countries the option of obtaining IP addresses directly from ITU, whilst other countries prefer to use the current system"
  • resolves to instruct Study Groups 2 and 3 to monitor and evaluate the allocation of IPv4 addresses which may be still available, returned or unused, in the interests of the developing countries;
  • resolves to instruct Study Group 2 and 3 to study the question of IPv6 address allocation and registration for interested members and, especially, developing countries;

Resolution 69 - Non-discriminatory access and use of Internet resources

  • invites Member States "to refrain from taking any unilateral and/or discriminatory actions that could impede another Member State from accessing public Internet sites and using resources, within the spirit of  Article 1 of the Constitution and the WSIS principles;