Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2017

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This Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2017 is the first of an annual series of reports tracking market and regulatory trends in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector and their implications across the economy. Understanding current trends and challenges across ICT markets and regulatory frameworks can help address the gaps and capitalize on unexplored opportunities. This report provides useful insights and a clear, evidence-based perspective to do that. This report is also a key resource on smart, inclusive and forward-looking ICT regulation. Its findings can provide useful guidance in reviewing and upgrading regulatory frameworks for the ICT sector as the basis for the digital economy today and for the future. The report reaches out to the regulatory community worldwide, policy-makers, industry and the ICT community in general



ICTs today — both enabling and disrupting industries

ICT focus has shifted towards building platforms in the quest to integrate technologies, networks and devices powering new capabilities and services. This momentum around platforms – powered by three technologies: mobile, social and the cloud – has fueled the app economy, bringing with it huge opportunities for improved public service delivery and new models of mobile entrepreneurship. A new platform at the nexus of technology and business innovation – 5G mobile broadband – is being conceptually enhanced and is now poised to take the integration of communication protocols, devices and applications to the next level, helping expand and enhance business and government services alike. Closeto universal coverage of ICT networks, especially mobile, paves the way for the connecting up of machines and objects, a major trend over the coming years.


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