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



Good regulation has impact

Expectations of ICT regulation have grown. In a world in which more than half the world’s population is not using the Internet, according to the latest ITU estimates,126 regulators have to reinvent the rules of the game to extend adoption and use of ICTs, align them with wider social and economic goals and set about connecting the unconnected. And this is not only possible; it is already happening. No fewer than 43 countries now conduct a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) as a formal requirement before regulatory decisions are made. In some cases, incentive regulation is included to create an enabling environment for further investment, especially in infrastructure. Such developments are testament to the great scrutiny now brought to bear on the significant impact of the rules and regulations that govern ever more important ICT markets. Ex ante Regulatory Impact Assessment and evidence-based decision-making, more broadly, have become mainstream.


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