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.



The Rise of Telecom Regulators

Globalization and interdependence is leading to a slow but steady process of international harmonization of the legal frameworks which govern economic activities in countries around the world. The rise of telecommunication regulators in the Americas reflects trends associated with the restructuring of national economies, and institutional reforms in the telecommunication sector in particular. Economic and sector-specific reforms have necessitated sweeping re-writings of national legislation. Without proper legislation, reform efforts lack the legitimacy and stability required to prosper. As an example of the extent of legislative reform in some countries of the Americas, some 90 per cent of national laws in Mexico were abolished or revised in six years during the 1990s.


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