Aims

a. The rights of users in a monopoly, Duopoly or free Competition structure:

Whatever difference of communication regulatory arrangement exists within and between countries, TUGI believe that they should primarily be users oriented. It recognizes the need for orderly national arrangement governing the use and development of communication, but does not believe that this can only be achieved in a monopoly environment. Indeed, it believes that competition is beneficial. Where monopoly or market dominance dos exist its scope should not be allowed to expand unquestioned into new area. Also its operation should at all times measure up to industry best standard of performance at fair pricing.

b. Free access to communication network:

TUGI considers that whilst national communication authorities must maintain the efficiency of their network and preserve the satisfactory working of their equipment. All users should have the freedom of connection to national and international networks on a non-discriminatory basis provide that safety criteria are observed. TUGI particularly supports efforts to create and maintain the freest possible environment for the transfer of commercial information across national boundaries.

c. Freedom in user choice of equipment and services:

TUGI seeks maximum freedom for the user in the choice of communication equipment and services. It opposes unnecessary and restrictions and believes that competition will hasten technical progress and promote reduced costs.

d. Constructive co- operation between public authorities and users:

TUGI believe that recent technological developments make constructive co- operation more than ever necessary among public authorities, carriers, equipment manufacturers and users. To ensure that maximum access may be available to efficient and economical network. Technical advance should generally be directed towards greater benefit to the end user

Objectives

The use of communication has become vital to economical growth and commercial competitive efficiency. The rate of change in the information revolution had stretched the ability of traditional institutions to deal adequately with the implications of the wide range of new technical facilities that are available. To benefit from the new possibilities, the user must be concerned with regulation; the adoption dialogue with national and international communication authorities is essential. TUGI would undertake these roles on behalf of the user

  1. User should be able to choose from a variety of transmission service perfectly from competitive suppliers. They should also be free to choose among competitive suppliers of customer premises equipment and providers of valve added telecommunication and information service.
  2. The format or content of information transmitted is only the concern of the users at each end. It should not be obligatory to declare to the network provider whether they are data, image or voice combination
  3. The international marketing of communication products and services should be open to all on a fair and competitive basis without trade barriers
  4. Priority should be given to improving quality of public communication network and to providing infrastructure which encourage widespread access and increasing use.
  5. The traditional unrestricted flow of information among national should be preserved
  6. The implementation of and adherence to international communication standard and regional and national standard derived from them should be supported by customers, suppliers and government alike. Customers and suppliers should be permitted and encourage to participant in their
  7. Innovation, development and application of new products and service should be encouraged.
  8. Public service tariffs as set by monopoly or near monopoly and international should be fair to user and provider and where possible related to costs.
  9. Technological development demand that restricts national and international laws and regulation pertaining to telecommunication are kept to a minimum in both quality and complexity and reviewed frequently so that they can be adapted to accommodate new developments.
  10. It is common for communication administration to regulate communication in addition to operate the public or private networks. The objectives described above represent change in many countries and change is facilitated when the regulation of communication is independent of all operational activities formulation.