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



Mobile - The engine for expanded global access to the internet

Mobile is today’s ICT poster-child. Generations of mobile-broadband technology have rapidly succeeded each other fueling outstanding growth. By 2017, three-quarters of all global Internet use will likely be via mobile, as consumers use smartphones and tablets to access the web. Much of that growth will take place in low- and middle-income countries. In spite of extraordinary growth, the global picture remains mixed: significant gaps in penetration exist and more than half the world’s population has yet to be connected to mobile broadband. Mobile virtual network operators have taken up this challenge however, and are successfully targeting under-served market niches and optimizing network coverage to grow subscriber bases. Many elements are coalescing in new and innovative ways to expand penetration: new technologies are evolving rapidly, sparking agile business models aligned with them and with regulatory incentives while consumer demand continues to outgrow expectation. While fixed connectivity will continue to help leverage ICT for increased productivity, outreach and efficiency, the mobile sector is set to be the engine for transforming economic sectors across the board.


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