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.



Performance Evaluation

During the course of the last decade of the twentieth century, no country has remained untouched by the global trend towards reform of the telecommunication sector. In most regions, the changes came relatively late. Even among the high-income nations of Western Europe, the biggest changes came as recently as 1 January, 1998, when several of the continent’s major economies opened up their telecommunications markets to competition for the first time, in a coordinated move towards more liberal markets spearheaded by the European Commission. In most regions of the world, it is probably too soon to evaluate the effects of policy change on the fortunes of the sector. But the Latin America region is different.


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