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Internet Governance Glossary


2.2 Telecommunication infrastructure

System of transmission media – such as telephone wires, fibre-optic cables, satellites, microwaves, and wireless links – on which communication services can be set up thus facilitating today’s convergence of Internet, telecommunication and multimedia technology and applications.


The key international organisations involved in the regulation of telecommunications and telecommunication infrastructures include the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In addition to legal and economic regulations there are numerous technical standards.