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



Pace and volume of regulation are increasing

the period from 2007 to 2015, ICT regulation is characterized both by the volume of change and the increasing pace at which it is being adopted. In this context there is much that is positive and extremely encouraging. No fewer than 52 regulators are now in the G4 category. Fifty-five per cent of countries have moved one generation up the ICT ladder of regulation while 15 per cent have leaped generations in only nine years. In addition, there are some surprises in the list of countries ranking as the most dynamic, making major leaps forward in a short period of time. Extraordinarily, one country has leapfrogged from G1 directly to G4. Such developments are welcome and timely for those markets in need of guidance and safe passage through the stormy growth of the ICT sector.


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