2000 Americas Telecommunication Indicators 2000

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The report was published to coincide with ITU TELECOM AMERICAS 2000. The report reviews developments in developing countries of the Western Hemisphere (primarily Latin America but also the Caribbean) telecomunication sector. The report includes 60 pages of analysis of trends including privatization, mobile, the Internet, and regulatory and policy issues. Three annexes provide information on privatization, WTO commitments and Universal service policies. Five regional tables covering key telecommunication indicators for the years 1998 or 1999 are included as well as four tables showing the top ten telecommunication operators in Latin America by revenue, main lines, mobile subscribers and international traffic. A directory with names and websites of telecommunication ministries, regulators and operators in the region is also included.



A Decade of Reforms

No region of the world has embraced the privatization of telecommunications as enthusiastically as Latin America. Of the 89 companies privatized by the end of 1999 worldwide, 25 per cent of them were in the Americas region. Even more impressive is the degree of private participation in the sector, when one analyses privatization by region. While in the Americas more than two-thirds of the countries have either partially or fully privatized their telecommunication companies, in other regions like Africa and the Arab States this percentage drops to 28 and 33 per cent respectively.


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