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The Role and Function of Residual International Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations Following Privatisation

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This chapter considers how public policy issues were addressed throughout the privatisation process for each of the international satellite organisations (ISOs) such as International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (INTELSAT), the International Mobile Satellite Organisation (INMARSAT) and the European Telecommunication Satellite Organisation (EUTELSAT). The EUTELSAT IGO Arrangement was amended as a result of negotiations between EUTELSAT IGO and EUTELSAT that accorded the EUTELSAT IGO Executive Secretary status as an observer seat on the board of the privatised company and the ability to weigh in on certain activities before their consummation. While all three organisations face some uncertainties as to their future, each has sought to position itself as strongly as possible in preserving its future role. In addition to the United Nations and its affiliated bodies, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the ISOs had a long history of entering into memoranda of understanding (MOU) with a multitude of other international organisations.

Keywords: European Telecommunication Satellite Organisation (EUTELSAT); International Mobile Satellite Organisation (INMARSAT); International Telecommunication Union (ITU); International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (INTELSAT); memoranda of understanding (MOU); privatisation process



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