Among the numerous international affairs which OFCOM dealt with in 2011, there are some worthy of particular attention. For example, Switzerland was nominated to the vice presidency of the OECD committee which deals with information and communications policy (ICCP). Studies conducted by this body in the field of telecommunications and the information society are often forward-looking and a source of inspiration for developing countries. In the context of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the 2011 TELECOM fair indicated the need to review a concept which no longer excites as much interest as it did in the past, when it brought a degree of notoriety to the ITU and the host country. In the future, this event will look more towards high-level meetings on the one hand and a forum on the other. In relation to television, the budgetary decisions taken by the ministers in charge of TV5 have enabled the completion of the strategic plan which guarantees worldwide distribution of the channel and its broadcasts. Finally, OFCOM's international activities relate more and more to the governance of the internet and the developments initiated by ICANN - the body responsible for the management of internet addresses worldwide - which has decided to liberalise the internet domain name system. This subject will continue to occupy us in 2012.
Frédéric Riehl, Vice Director and Head International Relations