WASHINGTON - As part of its mission to ensure U.S. access to foreign markets, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced today the results of the 2002 annual review of foreign compliance with telecommunications trade agreements (the "Section 1377" review).
"Competitive telecommunications markets are catalysts for growth, investment, and innovation in all economies. U.S. telecom operators offer cutting-edge technologies and efficiencies to markets around the world. It is more important than ever that U.S. telecom operators benefit from follow through on our trading partners' commitments to open markets," said U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick. "We urge our trading partners to ensure that telecom operators in their markets do not undermine trade commitments and to use vigorously domestic remedies to address the competitive concerns that domestic and foreign operators raise."
This year's "Section 1377" review highlights USTR's telecommunications trade enforcement priorities for the coming year. USTR annually reviews the operation and effectiveness of U.S. telecommunications trade agreements pursuant to Section 1377 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988.
USTR conducted this review on the basis of public comments submitted by U.S. industry and other interested parties and in consultation with other U.S. Government agencies and U.S. trading partners. On this basis, USTR has concluded that it will focus on the following practices as a matter of priority: (1) mobile wireless interconnection rates in European Union (EU) Member States and Japan, (2) provisioning and pricing of leased telecom lines in EU Member States and Switzerland, and (3) interconnection and other competitive concerns in Mexico. USTR will also closely monitor other telecommunications trade practices in Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Peru, and South Africa.
This report, as well as the submissions filed, are available here.