Telecommunications Regulation Handbook

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ITU is pleased to make available the Tenth Edition of the Telecommunications Regulation Handbook, both as a resource and as a collaborative platform. These tools benefit the individuals entrusted with creating both a level playing field for and an environment in which communications can reach its potential as a powerful enabling tool for supporting innovation and achieving inclusive sustainable development. Communications technologies alone, however, will not drive the innovation that the developing world needs. ITU together with the World Bank created the Telecommunications Regulation Handbook because this essential guide can assist policymakers in evaluating policy options and deciding on appropriate regulations. Their efforts can support thriving economies by allowing individuals to exercise their own ingenuity to lift themselves and their countries out of poverty. As a result of the rapid rate of technological development, business innovation and changes in social attitudes continue to push communications in unpredictable, innovative directions. Well-trained, informed and independent individuals in ministries, regulatory agencies, companies and universities play a critical role in shaping the future of the communications landscape, thereby creating more opportunities for open collaboration, innovation and economic growth.



Growing the Market: Licensing and Authorizing Services

Chapter 3 explores the role of licensing and authorization in growing national and global markets. The chapter looks at licensing objectives and different types of licensing such as individual and general licenses. The various steps in a competitive licensing process are set out in detail. Authorization principles and procedures are outlined and consideration is given to special authorization situations, such as licensing public-private partnerships. The chapter also looks at the impact of convergence on the development of unified and multi-service licensing and the growing need to lift restrictions on licensees. Finally, the chapter concludes by highlighting the role of standards in growing the market and the need to bridge the standards gap experienced by many developing countries.


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